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Orthotrichum Strangulatum Moss

Orthotrichum Strangulatum MossOrthotrichum strangulatum, Beauv.

Habit and habitat.-In small, loose dirty-green tufts / of an inch deep; on trees, rarely on rocks.

Name.-The specific name strangulatum, strangled, refers to the constriction under the mouth of the spore-case.

Plant (gametophyte).-One-quarter of an inch long.

Leaves.-Linear lance-shaped from an oblong base, keeled; apex pointed or blunt; margins rolled back; cells, the upper, round, small, close, with slight protuberances; the basal, long and quadrangular.

Leaves at the base of the pedicel (perichaetial leaves).-Longer, erect, somewhat sheathing.

Habit of flowering.-Male and female flowers on the same plant (monocious).

Veil (calyptra).-Resembling a bishop's mitre (mitriform) furrowed and early naked.

Spore-case.-Oblong egg-shaped, half-emergent, dirty-brown when old, strongly constricted under the mouth.

Lid (operculum).-Conical, obtusely short-pointed.

Teeth (Peristome).-The outer eight double teeth, dirty-yellow, granulose, reflexed when dry; the inner, of eight filiform strong segments.

Spores.-Mature in May and June.

Distribution.-North America only.