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Small Capsule Dung Moss

(Splachnum ampullaceum)

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Description

This is a scarce, but locally abundant lowland species of Splachnum, which forms dense patches of closely packed shoots 1-3 cm tall, with toothed (often strongly toothed) leaves 3-5 mm long. Capsules are common and unmistakable, with a swollen and expanded neck much wider than the rest of the capsule. This probably acts as a platform for flies that disperse the spores. The deep red seta is slightly wavy.

Taxonomic tree:

Domain:
Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Bryophyta
Class: Bryopsida
Order:Funariales
Family:Splachnaceae
Genus:Splachnum
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