moss-Homalotheciella subcapillata

 Homalotheciella subcapillata

Homalotheciella subcapillata photo by Bob Klips

Homalotheciella subcapillata at Caesar Creek State Park, Warren County, Ohio. September 24, 2011.

How to recognize Homalotheciella subcapillata:  This little glossy yellow-green mat-forming moss creeps along on trees with short curved erect branches. The narrow oblong-ovate acuminate leaves have a short weak single costa, with sharp teeth nearly to the base. Under the microscope there are quadrate alar cells in a triangular group extending up the side of leaf 1/4 of the length. The capsules are pale and smooth and erect but asymmetric and supported by a 10 mm long papillose seta or stalk.

Where to find Homalotheciella subcapillata: Look on trees and branches in woods especially in southern Ohio.

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