|The leafy shoots of Thelia resemble the the scaly shoots of
junipers. All photos are of T. asprella, and taken by
Robert A. Klips, Ohio Moss and Lichen Association.
|The spore capsules of Thelia are upright, cylindrical and
|The short, broad leaves of Thelia species have ragged edges and elongate papillae.
All three species are found throughout the eastern U.S., including the northern 2/3rds of Florida, though T. lescurii is less common.
Thelia hirtella is distinguished primarily by its simple papillae, as opposed to the branched, compound papillae of the other two species. In T. lescurii, the leafy shoots are only sparsely branched and tend to be more upright, as opposed to T. asprella, in which the stems spread more horizontally and are densely branched.
The species of Thelia might be confused with Entodon seductrix, which has similar, scale-like leaves, but the leaves of the latter are smooth-margined or with a few small teeth at the tip, and the cells are long, worm-like, and without papillae.