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Polytrichum juniperinum

Polytrichum juniperinum Hedw.

Polytrichum apiculatum Kindb.

Polytrichum juniperinum Hedw. var. waghornei Kindb.

Juniper Hair Cap, Juniper Polytrichum Moss

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
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”
SpeciesjuniperinumResembling Juniperus, bluish-brown, like berries of juniper

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Polytrichum juniperinum description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 18 May 2010.

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Polytrichum juniperinum (Juniper Hair Cap, Juniper Polytrichum Moss)

3/21/2012 · Nashua River Rail Trail, Groton Center, Groton, MA
≈ 7 × 4½" (17 × 11 cm)

Polytrichum juniperinum (Juniper Hair Cap, Juniper Polytrichum Moss)

8/6/2009 · Nashua River Rail Trail, Groton, MA
≈ 6 × 5" (14 × 13 cm) ID is uncertain

Polytrichum juniperinum (Juniper Hair Cap, Juniper Polytrichum Moss)

Also Reindeer Lichen, Reindeer Moss (Cladonia rangiferina) · 8/3/2009 · 111 Near 119, Pepperell, MA
≈ 10 × 7" (26 × 17 cm) ID is uncertain

Polytrichum juniperinum (Juniper Hair Cap, Juniper Polytrichum Moss)

Also Reindeer Lichen, Reindeer Moss (Cladonia rangiferina) · 8/3/2009 · 111 Near 119, Pepperell, MA
≈ 34 × 23" (86 × 57 cm) ID is uncertain