Anomodon attenuatus (Hedw.) Huebener - Common Tree Apron Moss


 

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Anomodon attenuatus - (image 1 of 6)

 

Taxonomy

Family: Leskeaceae

Habitat

Calcareous substrates; typically on bark at the base of trees or on logs, stumps, rocks, and occasionally on soil.

Associates

 

Distribution

Widespread in eastern North America, west to CO, NM, and AZ, south into Mexico, Guatemala, Cuba and Jamaica. Also in Europe and Asia.

Morphology

Robust, coarse-textured, mat forming pleurocarp. Branches drooping; secondary stems spreading, freely branched, with many branches tapered, usually decurved when dry and erect-spreading and complanate when moist. Leaves sharp-pointed but not ending in a hair point; margins plane; leaf cells pluripapillose; inner basal cells oblong, smooth, pellucid. Setae to 2.7 cm; capsules 2-3 mm long, cylindric, smooth, light brown; annulus lacking, operculum obliquely rostrate; calyptra smooth.

Notes

The most common species of Anomodon. Has a somewhat feathery appearance when moist. Often found at the base of sugar maples in calcareous woodlands.

References

Crum, H. 2004. Mosses of the Great Lakes Forest, 4th ed.

The University of Michigan Herbarium. Ann Arbor, MI

 


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