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Anomodon Rostratus Moss

Anomodon Rostratus MossAnomodon rostratus, Schimp.

Habit and habitat.-Densely tufted, bright green at the surface, yellow-brown within. Growing on trees, roots, and limestone rocks.

Name.-The specific name rostratus, beaked, refers to the lid.

Plant (gametophyte).-Primary stems brittle and bearing numerous thread-like branches, forming dense tufts.

Leaves.-Dense, overlapping as shingles, lanceshaped ; apex long-pointed ; vein solid, vanishing below the apex ; base oval.

Leaves at the base of the pedicel (perichaetial leaves).-Long, white and thin: apex of the inner leaves narrowed into a thread-like, reflexed point as long as the leaf-blade.

Habit of flowering.-Male and female flowers on separate plants (dioicous).

Veil (calypira).-Split up one side.

Spore-case.-Red-brown, oval-oblong.

Lid (operculum).-Long-beaked.

Teeth (peristome).-The segments of the inner membrane about as long as the teeth, keeled, dirty-yellow, with cilia between, solitary, rudimentary or none.

Spores.-Mature in Fall.

Distribution.-North America, Europe and Asia.