Polytrichum juniperinum Hedw. - Juniper Moss


 

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Polytrichum juniperinum - (image 1 of 4)

 

Taxonomy

Family: Polytrichaceae

Habitat

Dry soil or rocks of open woods, swamps, pastures, road banks in full sun or partial shade.

Associates

 

Distribution

Widespread.

Morphology

Tufted, acrocarpous moss with erect stems to 13 cm high. Leaves spreading and more or less recurved when moist, more erect when dry, ending in a reddish, toothed awn but not hair-tipped; the upper surface covered by green lamellae and covered somewhat by infolded leaf margins; leaf margins entire, inflexed above the shoulders and covering the lamellae. Dioicous. Setae 2-6 cm long; capsules horizontal or somewhat erect, to 5 mm long, dark brown and somewhat glaucous; annulus absent.

Notes

Common on sterile soil in areas with a history of fire.

 

References

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

The University of Michigan Herbarium. Ann Arbor, MI

 

 


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