PLEUROCARPOUS MOSSES FOUND IN SOUTH TEXAS

 FAMILY LEUCODONTACEAE
 GENUS: LEUCODON
 SPECIES: LEUCODON JULACEUS


CHARACTERISTICS:

1. PLANTS MEDIUM-SIZE TO ROBUST
2. YELLOWISH-GREEN TO BROWN IN COLOR
3. PRIMARY STEMS CREEPING, SECONDARY STEMS ASCENDING TO 
   PENDENT
4. LEAVES OVATE TO OVATE-LANCOLATE 
5. COSTA LACKING  
6. ALAR CELLS QUADRATE  

HABITAT:

TREES, LOGS, STUMPS

FAMILY:   AMBLYSTEGIACEAE

GENUS: AMBLYSTEGIUM

SPECIES: AMBLYSTEGIUM RIPARIUM  

CHARACTERISTICS:

1. PLANTS MEDIUM SIZED TO ROBUST
2. YELLOWISH TO DARK GREEN OR BLACK  
3. FREELY BRANCHING  
4. LEAVES OVATE-LANCEOLATE; 8-1 TIMES LONGER THAN WIDE
5. DECURRENT
6. COSTA ENDING IN MID-LEAF OR BEYOND.  

HABITAT: 

STREAMS, PONDS, SWAMPS  

FAMILY: SEMANTOPHYLLACEAE  
GENUS: SEMATOPHYLLUM  
SPECIES: SEMATOPHYLLUM ADNATUM  

CHARACTERISTICS:  

1. PLANTS SMALL
2. GREEN TO YELLOWISH-GREEN
3. STEMS FREELY BRANCHED; BRANCHES SHORT AND TURNED UP AT TIPS
4. LEAVES LANCEOLATE, ACUMINATE
5. CELLS 8-12 TIMES AS LONG AS WIDE  
6. ALAR CELLS INFLATED

HABITAT:

TREES, STUMPS AND LOGS 

FAMILY: PLAGIOTHECIACEAE  
GENUS: STEREOPHYLLUM
SPECIES: STEREOPHYLLUM RADICULOSUM

CHARACTERISTICS:

1. PLANTS GLOSSY
2. YELLOWISH TO BROWNISH-GREEN
3. VERY IRREGULARLY BRANCHED;
JULACEUS
4. LATERAL LEAVES SMALLER THAN DORSAL LEAVES
5. LEAVES BROADLY OVATE TO OBLONG LANCEOLATE
6. CELLS SHORT, RHOMBIC; PAPILLOSE
7. COSTA SINGLE, VERY STOUT

HABITAT:

TREE BASES, STUMPS, ROOTS

BASES OF LIVE OAK TREES IN TEXAS

FAMILY: FABRONIACEAE  
GENUS: FABRONIA
SPECIES: FABRONIA WRIGHTII  

CHARACTERISTICS:

1. SLENDER, SOFT DELICATE PLANTS
2. IRREGULARLY BRANCHED, BRANCHES APPEARING FUZZY OR HAIRY
3. LEAVES BROADLY OVATE TO LANCEOLATE; MARGINS DENTATE TO
   CILIATE DENTATE
4. MEDIAN CELLS LONGER THAN WIDE; ALAR CELLS QUADRATE; CELLS
   SMOOTH
5. COSTA ENDING IN MIDLEAF

HABITAT:

BARK DWELLING (OR ON THE ICE CHEST AT BETO’S MARKET)