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Reddish Peat Moss

Reddish Peat MossThe Reddish Peat-moss (Sphagnum rubellum), Weis.

Habit and habitat.-Common in the Adirondack Mountains.
The plants cover sunny bogs with a deep red carpet.

Name.-The specific name is the Latin rubellum, somewhat red.

Plant (gametophyte).-Resembling Sphagnum acutifolium, stems softer and more slender.

Leaves.-Stem-leaves broad, obtuse, sometimes with fibrils in the cells; branch-leaves shorter, oval oblong, apex obtuse, threetoothed.

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