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Tetraphis pellucida Hedw.

Synonym
  • Georgia pellucida Rabenh.
Vernacular Name
Pellucid Four-tooth Moss
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Conservation status
No status defined
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Detail
This plant grows in small clumps on stumps or sandstone rocks. It almost always has either erect capsules with 4 large teeth (unless young and covered with a calyptra or capsule cover which is reddish on top and whitish around the bottom), or a specialized cup of little green leaves at the tip of the plant with little green gemmae that look like a bit like little green flattened eggs. These gemmae let this plant reproduce asexually without two parents, since each gemma, if it falls in the right place, will grow to be a new plant. The 1-2 mm egg-shaped leaves have a single costa which does not reach the tip of the leaf.
Book reference
  • Рабик І.В., Данилків І.С. Мохоподібні (Hepaticophyta, Bryophyta) болота Немирів // Наукові записки Державного природознавчого музею. - Львів, 2008. - 24. - С.115-126.
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Taxonomic branch

Biota
Eukaryota
Plantae
Viridiplantae
Bryophyta
Tetraphidopsida_unranked_taxon
Tetraphidopsida
Tetraphidales
Tetraphidaceae