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Brachythecium rutabulum

Common Name: Rough-stalked Feather Moss
Brachythecium rutabulum
Brachythecium rutabulum

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Bryophyta
Class: Bryopsida
Order: Hynales
Family: Brachytheciaceae
Genus: Brachythecium
Species: Brachythecium rutabulum

Conservation Status

Identifying Features

The rough-stalked feather moss is 1-6" long and grows horizontally. Its leaves are glossy, pale green, ovate, pointed, and have a midvein.

Habitat & Range

This moss is found on logs, leaf litter, and the base of trees. It’s range reaches across North America and it is found in Europe, parts of Asia and Australia, and South America.

Life Cycle

Their capsule is curved, smooth, and dark red-brown on rough stalks.

Featured image by Robert Wesley.


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