Sphagnum fallax (NL: Fraai veenmos / EN: Flat-topped Bog-moss
/ DE: Trügerische Torfmoos, Täuschendes Torfmoos, Gekrümmtblättriges Torfmoos / FR: Sphagnum fallax) is a Medium-sized, green to mustard-brown species of Bog-moss, growing in carpets. Male plants may have
a contrasting darker tip to the capitula and spreading branches. Capitula are convex and usually stellate, with developing branches in neat pairs, obvious between the capitula rays. Branch leaves are weakly to clearly in straight lines. Spreading and pendent branches are well-differentiated; the pendent branches are almost white, appressed to and hiding the stem, about as long as or shorter than the spreading branches. The stem leaf is more or less triangular, as long as wide, or a little longer (length less than 1.5 times the width), with a sharply pointed tip that has a minutely pinched apex. When dry, spreading branch leaves are conspicuously recurved. Capsules are occasional. Very common in a wide range of permanently damp or wet habitats, including nutrient-poor to intermediate fens, and pools and runnels on bogs.
Image: Hoogerheide (NL) - 05/03/2013
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