Vascular Plants of the Gila Wilderness

Presented in Association with the
Western New Mexico University Department of Natural Sciences

Ceratodon purpureus (Hedwig) Bridel

Family: Ditrichaceae

Status: Native

Synonyms:
None

Ceratodon purpureus is a common moss most easily recognized by the slit purple hood topping the capsules at an angle. It is tall and pointed. The mature capsules have several ribs most easily visible under magnification. Ceratodon purpureus grows on soil. Ceratodon purpureus is very polymorphic, can take on many different appearances, and can mimic many other mosses (e.g. Didymodon!) The leaves are generally acute and recurved, with small isodiametric to short rectangular cells.
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Ceratodon purpureus, photo Russ Kleinman, Pinos Altos Range, Pinos Altos, August 22, 2012



Ceratodon purpureus, photo Russ Kleinman, Pinos Altos Range, Pinos Altos, March 26, 2010



Ceratodon purpureus, 3x macro of leaves with single costa and no hairpoint, photo Russ Kleinman, Pinos Altos Range, Pinos Altos, March 26, 2010



Ceratodon purpureus, 100x photomicrograph of leaf, photo Russ Kleinman & Karen Blisard, Pinos Altos Range, North Fork of Little Walnut Creek, February 12, 2012



Ceratodon purpureus, 100x photomicrograph of leaf, photo Russ Kleinman & Karen Blisard, Pinos Altos Range, North Fork of Little Walnut Creek, February 12, 2012



Ceratodon purpureus, 3x macro of capsule with calyptra, photo Russ Kleinman, Pinos Altos Range, Pinos Altos, March 26, 2010



Ceratodon purpureus, growth habit, photo Russ Kleinman & Bill Norris, San Francisco Mtns., Johnson Canyon, June 14, 2010



Ceratodon purpureus, closeup of stems, photo Russ Kleinman & Bill Norris, San Francisco Mtns., Johnson Canyon, June 14, 2010



Ceratodon purpureus, 100x photomicrograph of peristome, photo Russ Kleinman, Karen Blisard & Bill Norris, San Francisco Mtns., Johnson Canyon, June 14, 2010



Ceratodon purpureus, 100x photomicrograph of operculum, photo Russ Kleinman, Karen Blisard & Bill Norris, San Francisco Mtns., Johnson Canyon, June 14, 2010



Ceratodon purpureus, 400x photomicrograph of leaf near apex, photo Russ Kleinman, Karen Blisard & Bill Norris, San Francisco Mtns., Johnson Canyon, June 14, 2010



Ceratodon purpureus, 400x photomicrograph of leaf cross section, photo Russ Kleinman, Pinos Altos Range, Pinos Altos, April 24, 2011



Ceratodon purpureus, 400x photomicrograph of leaf apex, photo Russ Kleinman & Karen Blisard, Pinos Altos Range, Pinos Altos, February 8, 2012



Ceratodon purpureus, 400x photomicrograph of stem cross section, photo Russ Kleinman & Karen Blisard, Pinos Altos Range, Pinos Altos, February 8, 2012



Ceratodon purpureus, 200x photomicrograph of developing archegonium, photo Russ Kleinman & Karen Blisard, Pinos Altos Range, Meadow Creek, August 7, 2012


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