Rhizomnium glabrescens

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Rhizomnium glabrescens: for more photos, see Sitka Nature Photo Gallery for Rhizomnium glabrescens
Rhizomnium glabrescens: Roundish leaves, smooth leaf margins and somewhat sparse stem rhizoids distinguish this common moss. Found growing on the ground, rotten logs or on lower trunks in a variety of coniferous forests.

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  • FNA page for Rhizomnium glabrescens common in coastal forests along the west coast, is small but distinctive. Male plants are characterized by rosettes of large leaves at the tops of the nearly naked stems. Small, scalelike leaves are present along the stem below the upper rosette. The stems of female and sterile stems have relatively large leaves. Sterile stems often arch, resembling those of Plagiomnium, but are always the same length or shorter than the fertile stems.

Other References

Worley's Map of Collection Records for Rhizomnium glabrescens

Ian Worley

Southeastern Alaska Distribution: Widespread.
Habitat: On rotting wood, organic soils in forests and in shaded places, on forest rocks, by streams, sometimes on trees or cliffs. From sea level to the subalpine.
Comments: Frequently with sporophytes.

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