|Haplocladium microphyllum is frequently found growing in wet, sandy soil|
Haplocladium microphyllum (Hedw.) Broth. (Thuidiaceae) is a creeping, mat-forming moss that is widespread globally, across much of Eurasia, South America, and in North America from Florida to Texas and up to southern Canada.
This species superficially resembles Isopterygium tenereum. They are both prostrate, mat-forming mosses growing at the bases of trees, but Haplocladium is more likely to be found on soil, frequently in lawns, and often found on or near concrete or other alkaline materials. Their capsules are essentially indistinguishable from those of Isopterygium, without examination of minute technical details.
|Haplocladium colonies can sometimes be seen creeping|
up on bricks or concrete surfaces.
|The capsules of Haplocladium are curved to the|
side as in Isopterygium.
|The leaves of Haplocladium are short but slender-tipped, and|
have a prominent midrib.
|The leaf cells are squarish and have a single hard|
papillum (seen as a bright spot on the out-of-focus
cells to the sides). Part of the midrib is on the left.
Species in the genus Entodon have a similar creeping habit, but their capsules are upright and cylindric.