|A well-established clump of Dicranum condensatum nearly
6 cm deep. Only the leaves in the top centimeter or so were alive
when this specimen was collected ( Lassiter 2077, USF)
|Leaf cells of D. condensatum are squarish-rectangular in the
upper part, and the margins of the leaf are toothed.
Like all members of the family, the midrib (costa) of the leaf is massive, but not as broad as in Campylopus, occupying only 1/10 to 1/5 the width of the leaf in the lower part. Leaves are mostly 3.5-4.5 mm long, and more or less curled or twisted at their tips when dry. Cells are angular squarish near the tip, becoming more elongate toward the base, and distinctly larger and empty at the base (alar cells).
|Leaves are twisted-curled when dry.