moss-Ephemerum crassinerveum

Ephemerum crassinerveum
“earth moss”

Ephemerum crassinerveum at Batelle Darby Metro Park. Franklin County, Ohio. November 5, 2011.

Ephemerum crassinerveum at Batelle Darby Metro Park. Franklin County, Ohio. November 5, 2011.

Ephemerum crassinerveum photo by Bob Klips

Ephemerum crassinerveum at the Ohio State-Marion Prairie, Marion County, Ohio. November 11, 2007.

How to recognize Ephemerum crassinervum: This small earth moss with sessile capsules has leaves from 0.8 to 2.5 mm long, that are very serrate with teeth that sometimes are recurved. The single costa is not always apparent at the base of the lanceolate leaf, and fills the papillose tip of the leaf. Ephemerum cohaerens does not have papillae on the cells of the tip. Its spores are 43-120×35-80 microns.

Where to find Ephemerum crassinervum: This short-lived (ephemeral) pygmy moss is found on bare ground with disturbed soil such as the edge of fields.

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How to recognize Ephemerum crassinerveum: The earth mosses are extremely small short-lived mosses of open bare soil that occur as tiny short plants with sessile sporophytes across a bed of persistent protonema.

Where to see Ephemerum crassinerveum: Earth mosses are mainly fall ephemerals. Look for them on bare soil in agricultural fields and along woodland paths.  

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