|Forsstroemia trichomitria forms a shaggy mat on the|
trunk of a Liquidambar tree along the Hillsborough River
in west-central Florida. Photograph by Alan Franck.
|The orange capsules are conspicuous among the upturned|
leafy shoots. Photograph by Alan Franck.
|The ovate-triangular leaf of Forsstroemia trichomitria has distinctive folds|
along both edges. A weak midrib can be seen
toward the torn bottom of the leaf. From Franck 3785 (USF).
|The cells in the central and upper part of the leaf are|
elongate, tapered, and slightly curved, with conspicuous
clear cell walls between them.
|The orange capsules are pushed out a short distance from the leafy shoots. |
A ring of yellow teeth around the capsule mouth serves to push spores out
as it alternately moistens and dries out.
Photo from the dried specimen (Franck 3785, USF)