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Glacial Kiaeria Moss (Kiaeria glacialis)


A handsome moss, forming yellow-green cushions or patches to 12 cm deep. The leaves are up to 8 mm long, erect and wavy, often point in one direction at the tip when moist, and are little altered when dry. The narrowly spearhead-shaped leaves taper gradually to a long tip which may be slightly toothed, and the cells in the basal corners form a distinct, brown group. Capsules are not common and are cylindrical, curved, swollen at the base (see drawing on p. 373), and borne on a long seta.

Taxonomic tree

  • Domain: Eukarya

    • Kingdom: Plantae

      • Phylum: Bryophyta

        • Class: Bryopsida

          • Order: Dicranales

            • Family: Dicranaceae

              • Genus: Kiaeria