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Andreaea Moss (Andreaea mutabilis)


A. mutabilis forms small, dark red to almost black cushions to 1 cm tall. The nerveless leaves are usually less than 1 mm long and similar to A. rupestris, but rather more distant and lack a clasping base so that the insertion of the leaves on the stem is usually visible. The plants are sometimes said to resemble a tiny spruce shoot. The leaves often have a distinct yellow patch at the centre of the base of the leaf which is visible with a hand lens.

Taxonomic tree

  • Domain: Eukarya

    • Kingdom: Plantae

      • Phylum: Bryophyta

        • Class: Andreaeopsida

          • Order: Andreaeales

            • Family: Andreaeaceae

              • Genus: Andreaea