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Genus Astomum

Genus AstomumThe species of the Genus Astomum are minute, simple or branching plants, living in matted tufts on the ground.

The leaves are lance-shaped, tufted and curling toward the apex of the stems.

The spore-cases are erect and symmetrical on a short pedicel and are immersed in the leaves. They have distinctly formed, beaked lids, which are not easily detached. There are no teeth.

The generic name Astomum, from; privative, without, and; a mouth, was given because when first known this moss was supposed to have no lid.

There are seventeen species in all.

Astomum Sullivantii Moss