Plants of the Gila Wilderness

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

Hedwigia ciliata (Hedwig) P. Beauvois

Family: Hedwigiaceae

Status: Native

Synonyms:
None

Hedwigia ciliata is a distinctive pleurocarpous moss with leaves that have a hyaline triangle at the tip. There is no costa and the cells are nearly uniformly quadrate. They are papillate especially in the chlorophyll bearing cells near the hyaline tip. The capsule is nearly spherical with a flat operculum. The perichaetial leaves (the ones surrounding the capsule) are ciliate.
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Hedwigia ciliata, photo Russ Kleinman, Pinos Altos Range, McMillen Campground, April 5, 2010



Hedwigia ciliata, field macro of capsules, photo Russ Kleinman, Pinos Altos Range, McMillen Campground, April 5, 2010



Hedwigia ciliata, field macro of capsule, photo Russ Kleinman, Pinos Altos Range, McMillen Campground, April 5, 2010



Hedwigia ciliata, 5X field macro of capsule, photo Russ Kleinman, Pinos Altos Range, McMillen Campground, April 5, 2010



Hedwigia ciliata, 40X photomicrograph of leaf, photo Russ Kleinman & Karen Blisard, Pinos Altos Range, McMillen Campground, April 5, 2010



Hedwigia ciliata, 100X photomicrograph of apex of leaf, photo Russ Kleinman & Karen Blisard, Pinos Altos Range, McMillen Campground, April 5, 2010



Hedwigia ciliata, 200X photomicrograph of apex of leaf, photo Russ Kleinman & Karen Blisard, Pinos Altos Range, McMillen Campground, April 5, 2010



Hedwigia ciliata, 400X photomicrograph of papillate cells in apex of leaf, photo Russ Kleinman & Karen Blisard, Pinos Altos Range, McMillen Campground, April 5, 2010



Hedwigia ciliata, 100X photomicrograph of leaf cross sections-- note lack of costa (ecostate leaf) and presence of papillae, photo Russ Kleinman & Richard Felger, road along Negrito Creek to Reserve, April 30, 2011


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