Genus HedwigiaGenus HEDWIGIA, Ehrh.
The species of the Genus Hedwigia have two-forked stems with roots at the base. They are usually found in hoary fragile patches on rocks.
The leaves are broad, oval,veinless, and coarsely toothed or fringed on the margins.
The spore-cases are globular, immersed with almost no pedicel and no peristome.
There are ten species in all, three in North America.
The generic name was given in honour of J. G. Hedwig, a distinguished German botanist, who lived in 1782.
Hedwigs Fringe Leaf Moss