Limprichtia Moss - Scorpidium revolvens
Drepanocladus revolvens, Limprichtia revolvens
Plants: Medium-sized to occasionally large when growing underwater, green, red, red with purple, deep brown, or black tones (FNA 2014). Stems 3-10 cm (Lawton 1971), meagerly and erratically branched or occasionally somewhat pinnate, the shoot tips not hooked; hyalodermis fully formed (FNA 2014).
Leaves: Stem leaves ovate or more lance-shaped, progressively or seldom suddenly tapering to the apex (FNA 2014), somewhat abruptly curved apically and facing toward one side of the stem, concave above and plane below, not pleated, 2-4 mm in length, 0.5-0.8 mm in width; margins smooth; base not extending along stem (Lawton 1971); apex short- to long-acuminate; costa solitary, extending past mid-leaf (FNA 2014). Exterior bracts surrounding the archegonia lack a costa; the inner bracts are up to 4 mm in length, have smooth margins, a long slender apex, and a costa that reaches to a little past mid-bract (Lawton 1971).
Leaf Cells: Alar cells 2-10, highly inflated, thin-walled; medial laminal cell ends usually narrowly short- to long-tapering, seldom rounded or nearly square (FNA 2014), not pitted (Lawton 1971); basal cells shorter than medial cells, the walls usually pitted (Lawton 1971).
Limprichtia revolvens and Scorpidium cossonii are often confused but may be distinguished by the following: S. cossonii is dioicous and has shorter medial laminal cells with squared to shortly-tapered narrow ends; L. revolvens is autoicous and has short- to long-tapered narrow ends (FNA 2014).
Greenland; St. Pierre and Miquelon; Canada: AB, BC, MB, NL, NT, NT, NU, ON, QC, SK, YT; USA: AK, CO, ID, MI, MN, MT, OH, VT, WI, WY; South America; Eurasia; s Africa; Pacific Islands; Antarctica (FNA 2014). In Montana: Flathead, Gallatin, Glacier, Lake, Stillwater, and Teton Counties (Elliott 2016).
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Mineral-rich soil and peat in calcareous fens and other wetlands (Elliott 2016). Low to high elevations (FNA 2014).
Autoicous (FNA 2014). Seta 3-4 cm in length. Capsule bowed, slightly ribbed; theca 2-2.5 mm in length; operculum approximately 0.7 mm in length, cone-shaped (Lawton 1971).
- Literature Cited AboveLegend: View Online Publication
- Elliott, J.C. and A.K. Pipp. 2018. A Checklist of Montana Mosses (1880-2018). Updated 3 January, 2020. Montana Natural Heritage Program, Helena, Montana. 73 pp.
- Flora of North America Editorial Committee, eds. 2014. Flora of North America North of Mexico. Volume 28. Bryophytes: Mosses, Part 2. Oxford University Press, Inc., NY. xxi + 702 pp.
- Lawton, E. 1971. Moss Flora of the Pacific Northwest. Hattori Botanical Laboratory. Japan: Yamabuki-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo. 362 pages plus appendices.
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- Lawton, E. 1971. Keys for the Identification of the Mosses on the Pacific Northwest. Reprinted from 'Moss Flora of the Pacific Northwest'. Published as Supplement No. 2 of the Journal of the Hattori Botanical Laboratory. Nichinan, Miyazaki, Japan. 66 pp.