Plants of the Gila Wilderness

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

Syntrichia ruralis (Hedwig) Weber & Mohr

Family: Pottiaceae

Status: Native

Synonyms:
None

Syntrichia ruralis is a striking moss when moist. The bright lime green leaves have an obvious red costa and a long hair tip. The cells of the lamina usually have four or five C-shaped papillae. Syntrichia ruralis grows on soil and rocks. It is quite widespread in our area. This moss, like many, responds very quickly to wetting when dry. The leaves quickly spread and seem to turn a bright lime green.
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Syntrichia ruralis, photo Russ Kleinman, Pinos Altos Range, Pinos Altos, March 27, 2010



Syntrichia ruralis, 3x macro, photo Russ Kleinman, Pinos Altos Range, Pinos Altos, March 27, 2010



Syntrichia ruralis, 40x photomicrograph of leaf, photo Russ Kleinman & Karen Blisard, Pinos Altos Range, Pinos Altos, March 27, 2010



Syntrichia ruralis, 100x photomicrograph of leaf apex, photo Russ Kleinman & Karen Blisard, Pinos Altos Range, Pinos Altos, December 29, 2011



Syntrichia ruralis, 40x photomicrograph of leaf, photo Russ Kleinman & Karen Blisard, Pinos Altos Range, Pinos Altos, December 29, 2011



Syntrichia ruralis, 200x photomicrograph of leaf cross section near midleaf, photo Russ Kleinman & Karen Blisard, Pinos Altos Range, Pinos Altos, March 15, 2011



Syntrichia ruralis, 400x photomicrograph of leaf, photo Russ Kleinman & Karen Blisard, Pinos Altos Range, Pinos Altos, December 30, 2011



Syntrichia ruralis, realtime video (not time lapse) of dry stems being wetted (2x macro), video Russ Kleinman & Karen Blisard, Pinos Altos Range, Pinos Altos, July 19, 2014


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