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Archidium Ohiense Moss

Archidium Ohiense MossHabit and habitat.-Moist meadows and waste fields.

Name.-The specific name Ohiense refers to the fact that this moss was first found in Ohio.

Plant (gametophyte).-Minute; stems slender.

Leaves. -Narrowly lance-shaped, spreading; apex awl-like, finely toothed; vein extending into the apex of the leaf-blade.

Leaves at the base of the spore-case (perichaetical leaves).-Broader and longer.

Habit of flowering.-Male and female flowers in separate clusters on the same plant (autoicous).

Veil (calyptra).-Very thin, irregularly torn below.

Spore-case.-Spherical, on short side branch.

Pedicel. -Very short.

Lid (operculum).-Wanting.

Teeth (peristome).-Wanting.

Spores.-Sixteen to twenty, angular, smooth, mature in fall and winter.

Distribution.-North America, Ohio and southward.