Dicranum polysetum (NL: Gerimpeld gaffeltandmos / EN: Rugose Fork-moss) is a lowland moss of the ground in coniferous woodland and plantations, but also occurring in heathy birch woodland and on mires. A scarce species, but one which is apparently spreading slowly. It is a robust moss, forming open patches up to 15 cm tall. The approximately 7.5–10 mm long leaves are narrowly spearhead-shaped with the upper ones erect and those below spreading and only occasionally somewhat curved. They are strongly undulate, coarsely toothed some distance down from the tip and the lower leaf margins are recurved. The nerve has 2 strongly toothed, raised lines of cells at the back above. The stem is covered by dense, felt-like rhizoids.
Image: Schilde (BE) - 25/03/2011
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