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(order Bryales)

A genus of mosses in which the plants are usually tufted. The leaves are ovate to lanceolate, and are more crowded towards the stem apex. Capsules are ovoid to ellipsoid and erect to pendulous. Pohlia is a cosmopolitan genus containing about 155 species. P. nutans is a very common British species. The shoots are green or yellowish-green, up to 7.5 cm tall, with stems tomentose below. In spring and summer the unripe capsules are conspicuous: they are bright green and pendulous, and borne on long red setae. They are found in peaty or sandy soil and on decaying wood, and are calcifuge.

Subjects: Plant Sciences and Forestry.

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