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Humus or logs in moist coniferous or mixed forest.
Circumpolar. In North America from Newfoundland west to AK, south to NC, MI, IA, MT, and OR.
Robust, plumose moss that forms large, bright green to yellowish mats. Stems creeping, erect or ascending towards the tips to 11 cm high, pinnately branched to form triangular fronds with hooked tips. Stem leaves longer (2-3 mm) than branch leaves (1.2-2 mm); leaves strongly plicate; costa absent or short and double. Dioicus; seta reddish, to 4.5 cm long; capsule 2-3 mm long, almost horizontal, medium-brown.
One of the easier mosses to identify in the field. The hooked tip of the rather large, triangular frond is most distinctive.
Crum, H. 2004. Mosses of the Great Lakes Forest, 4th ed.
The University of Michigan Herbarium. Ann Arbor, MI
Michael Hough © 2009