Plants of the Gila Wilderness

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


The Ditrichaceae are acrocarpous (vertical growth pattern.) The leaves have a single non-ridged costa to midleaf. The plants are greenish. There are no hair-points at the ends of the leaves. The leaves have a one cell border and are entire and lanceolate. The leaf cells are smooth. The most obvious feature though is the slit calyptra (cap or hood.)

Ceratodon purpureus

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