|The upright shoots of Aulacomnium palustre form loose tufts
on wet soil. Photo by Robert A. Klips.
The leaves are elongate, with a prominent midrib, and gradually come to a point. Leaf cells are small, roundish and papillose. Spore capsules are bent to the side, and distinctly grooved, but are not commonly seen in our area, as asexual propagation is abundant.
|A single tapered leaf of Aulacomnium palustre, showing
the prominent midrib and tiny, rounded cells.
Photo courtesy Western New Mexico Herbarium,
from the Gila Wilderness.