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Pleuridium Subulatum Moss

Pleuridium Subulatum MossHabit and habitat.-In loose bright-green and silky tufts on earth and clay, along woods, banks and heaths.

Name.-The specific name subulatum, from the Latin subula, an awl, refers to the shape of the upper leaves.

Plants (gametophyte).--Minute, 1/10 to 2/10 of an inch high, simple or branching.

Leaves.-The lower distant, short, oval and taper-pointed; the upper longer, more crowded, spreading; apex an awn minutely toothed and rough on the back; vein broad, forming most of the awn.

Habit of flowering.-Male and female flowers close together on the same plant (paroicous); male flowers naked in the axils of the leaves at the base of the spore-case.

Veil (calyptra).-Split on one side.

Spore-case.-Immersed in the leaves at the base, egg-shaped with a tiny point at the apex (apiculate).

Pedicel (seta).-Short, immersed.

Lid (operculum).-None.

Teeth (peristome).-None.

Spores.-Rough, mature from March to June.

Distribution.-Quite universal.