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Phascum Cuspidatum Moss

Phascum Cuspidatum MossHabit and habitat.-In loose yellow-green tufts in old fields.

Name.-The specific name cuspidatum, pointed, refers to the apex of the leaves.

Plants (gametophyte).-Stems simple or branched. 1/10 to 5/10 of an inch high, often bushy with numerous fertile sterns, dividing from the base or branching above, occasionally whip-like.

Leaves.-Small and few below, much larger and crowded above, broadly lance-like, twisted when dry: apex awl-like; margins recurved, entire; vein thick and extending beyond the apex; basal cells large, clear; upper cells small, green, with tiny projecting points.

Habit of flowering.-Male and female flowers on the same plant (monoicous) ; male flowers sessile in the axils of the upper leaves.

Veil (calyptra).-Split on one side.

Spore-case.-One or several on a plant, erect or nodding, spherical with a sharp point at the top, 1/20 of an inch in diameter.

Pedicel.-Short and curved, immersed or slightly emergent.

Spores.-Brown, rough, mature in March and April.

Distribution.-North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa.