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Douglas' Neckera Moss

(Neckera douglasii)

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Description

Neckera douglasii is mostly epiphytic, found growing on the trunk and branches of trees in coniferous or broad-leaf forests. Neckera douglasii is a relatively large pleurocarpous moss with pale green to yellow green, flattened (complanate) shoots that may be regularly or irregularly pinnately branched. Plants can form dense mats. The leaves of N. douglasii are broadly-lanceolate, ecostate and undulate. Their apices are narrowly-pointed, and toothed. Neckera douglasii is dioicous. Pictured below is a close-up of a perigonium from a male plant. The leaf cells are typically oblong to elongate in shape. The sporophytes of this species are frequently abundant (). They are typically pale red-brown in color and can be seen growing from the the undersides of shoots. The sporangium is generally oblong, smooth and shortly-exserted.

Taxonomic tree:

Domain:
Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Bryophyta
Class: Bryopsida
Order:Leucodontales
Family:Neckeraceae
Genus:Neckera
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