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Climacium Dendroides Moss

Climacium Dendroides MossClimacium dendroides, Web. & Mohr.

Habit and habitat.-Bright green, tree-like, found in wet places.

Name.-The specific name is from the Greek for; a tree, and; like.

Plant (gametophyte).-Primary stem creeping, secondary simple, erect, often sharppointed at the apex, 2 to 4 inches high; branches clustered at the summit.

Leaves. -Stemleaves broad, clasping; branch leaves nar-rower, oblong, folded lengthwise; base only slightly growing down on She stem at the hollow basal angles; apex sharply serrate; vein vanishing below the apex.

Habit of flowering.-Male and female flowers on separate plants (dioicous).

Veil (calyptra).-Thin, smooth, extending below the sporecase.

Spore-case. -Erect, cylindrical, red-brown.

Pedicel (seta).-An inch long or more, deep-red.

Lid (operculum).-Straight, acutely beaked, remaining for some time attached to the central column of the spore-case.

Teeth (peristome).-As in the genus.


Spores.-Olive-green, small, mature in the autumn and winter.

Distribution.-Common in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa.