moss-Campylium stellatum

Campylium stellatum

Campylium stellatum photo by Bob Klips

Campylium stellatum at Alum Creek State Park, Marion County, Ohio. June 12, 2012.

Campylium stellatum photo by Bob Klipd

Campylium stellatum at Liberty Fen, Logan County, Ohio. December 1, 2013.

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Campylium stellatum at Liberty Fen, Logan County, Ohio. December 1, 2013.

Campylium stellatum photo by Bob Klips

Leaf of Campylium stellatum from Liberty Fen, Logan County, Ohio. December 1, 2013.

Campylium stellatum photo by Bob Klips

Leaf of Campylium stellatum from Liberty Fen, Logan County, Ohio. December 1, 2013.

Campylium stellatum photo by Bob Klips

Leaf of Campylium stellatum from Liberty Fen, Logan County, Ohio. December 1, 2013.

How to recognize Campylium stellatum:  This a mat forming green to yellow or brownish moss, with leaves that point away from the stem and branches giving it a spiky appearance. These ovate leaves have long slender channeled tips. Usually under the microscope short double midribs can be seen, but often only a short (1/4 of leaf) single costa is present. The alar cells are  enlarged hyaline (clear) rectangles with several rows of smaller short rectangles to quadrate often yellowish cells just above.

Where to find Campylium stellatum:  Look for this moss on wet soil or humus in open calcareous wetlands.

 

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