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Polytrichum commune

Polytrichum commune Hedw.

 

Haircap Moss, Common Haircap Moss

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae (from Stearn’s Botanical Latin)
DivisionBryophytaMosses
SubdivisionMusciMosses (all 12,000 of them)
ClassBryopsidaMosses with arthrodontous spore capsules, which is most of them
SubclassBryidaeMosses with a double peristome with alternating tooth segments
OrderPolytrichalesA group of mosses which tend to be among the larger ones, with a thickened central stem and root
FamilyPolytrichaceaeA group of mosses which tend to be among the larger ones, with a thickened central stem and root
GenusPolytrichumFrom Greek poly, “many,” trichum, “hair”
Speciescommune

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Polytrichum commune description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 19 Jun 2012.

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Polytrichum commune (Haircap Moss, Common Haircap Moss)

6/15/2012 · Townsend State Forest, Townsend, MA
≈ 3½ × 2½' (1.2 × 0.8 m)

Polytrichum commune (Haircap Moss, Common Haircap Moss)

About 2" x 1.75". · 9/20/2014 · Townsend State Forest, Townsend, MA ID is uncertain

Polytrichum commune (Haircap Moss, Common Haircap Moss)

8/1/2009 · Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay, ME
≈ 15 × 10" (39 × 26 cm)

Polytrichum commune (Haircap Moss, Common Haircap Moss)

About .5" x .5". · 9/20/2014 · Townsend State Forest, Townsend, MA ID is uncertain

Polytrichum commune (Haircap Moss, Common Haircap Moss)

About 0.75" x 0.75". · 9/20/2014 · Townsend State Forest, Townsend, MA ID is uncertain

Polytrichum commune (Haircap Moss, Common Haircap Moss)

3/10/2010 · Nashua River Rail Trail, Groton Center, Groton, MA
≈ 6 × 4" (15 × 10 cm)

Polytrichum commune (Haircap Moss, Common Haircap Moss)

7/28/2013 · Andres Institute of Art, Big Bear Mountain, Brookline, NH
≈ 8 × 7" (19 × 16 cm)

Polytrichum commune (Haircap Moss, Common Haircap Moss)

6/15/2012 · Townsend State Forest, Townsend, MA
≈ 7 × 4½" (17 × 11 cm)

Polytrichum commune (Haircap Moss, Common Haircap Moss)

About 3" x 3.5". · 12/13/2016 · Townsend State Forest, Townsend, MA ID is uncertain

Polytrichum commune (Haircap Moss, Common Haircap Moss)

6/8/2012 · Townsend Wildlife Management Area, Townsend, MA
≈ 7 × 11" (18 × 27 cm)

Polytrichum commune (Haircap Moss, Common Haircap Moss)

The two darker-colored plants have male "splash cups" on top, where sperm is produced. · 9/29/2010 · Nashua River Rail Trail, Ayer, MA
≈ 4½ × 3" (11 × 7.9 cm) ID is uncertain

Polytrichum commune (Haircap Moss, Common Haircap Moss)

About 3" x 3". · 9/20/2014 · Townsend State Forest, Townsend, MA ID is uncertain

Polytrichum commune (Haircap Moss, Common Haircap Moss)

About 2" x 1.75". · 9/20/2014 · Townsend State Forest, Townsend, MA ID is uncertain