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Tortella tortuosa (Hedw.) Limpr.

Synonym
  • Tortula tortuosa Hedwig
  • Barbula subtortuosa Müll.Hal.
  • Barbula tortuosa (Hedw.) F.Weber & D.Mohr
Vernacular Name
Frizzled Crisp-moss, Frizzled Crisp Moss
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Conservation status
No status defined
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Detail
T. tortuosa grows in yellow-green tufts or turfs several centimetres in depth. When moist, the long (up to 6–7 mm), narrow leaves have wavy margins. When dry, the leaves shrivel into a distinctive, contorted spiral. Pulling off a few leaves with the fingernails reveals the abrupt V-shaped transition between the colourless basal cells and the upper cells, visible through a hand lens.
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Taxonomic branch

Biota
Eukaryota
Plantae
Viridiplantae
Bryophyta
Bryopsida_unranked_taxon
Bryopsida
Pottiales
Pottiaceae