acrocarpous moss

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A type of moss in which the stems are erect and in which the archegonia (i.e. female sex organs), and hence the capsules, are borne at the tips of stems or branches. Acrocarpous mosses usually show little or no branching and typically grow in erect tufts. Compare pleurocarpous moss.

Subjects: Plant Sciences and Forestry — Ecology and Conservation.

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