Description: This moss consists of an erect leafy stem (gametophyte) about mm. tall. The stem is brown below, light green above, and unbranched; it is. Funaria hygrometrica: cord moss: America; the most common is F. hygrometrica, which is often described in textbooks as a representative bryophyte (member. Funaria hygrometrica is rather inconspicuous when sterile (when the more conspicuous sporophyte has not yet developed). The obovate leaves form a bulb -like.

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They have oblique septa. Introduction to bryology in southern Africa. The asymmetrical, curved capsule, deeply grooved when dry, with its large, oblique mouth and spirally twisted cells of the lid, is characteristic of Funaria hygrometrica.

Plants or more mm, with a basal antheridial branch, medium green to yellowish green; leafless proximally with leaves crowded and bulbiform distally, sometimes laxly foliate throughout. The inflated, hood-shaped calyptra is often seen covering the immature capsules.

They have funarja septa. Leaves smaller proximally, distal leaves mm, deeply concave, oblong-ovate to broadly obovate distally, acute to apiculate or short-acuminate, entire or weakly serrulate distally; costa subpercurrent to short-excurrent; distal laminal cells thin-walled and inflated, hexagonal or oblong-hexagonal becoming much more oblong proximally.

Morning dew on this moss The structure of this moss. New Zealand Herpetological Society 9: It is found in a wide variety of disturbed habitats such as moist crevices in soil, walls or paving, next to water taps, gutters and drains, funxria soil in flower boxes and plant pots.


Species in this genus are known as cord-mosses because of the rope-like way fubaria which the stalk twists and curls with changes in humidity. It is often found in nurseries and hothouses. The plant body Gametophyte is green, soft, and upright.

Conservation Status Status Funaria hjgrometrica is widespread, common, frequently collected, and sometimes considered a weed, therefore not threatened. This is the male part of the shoot sporophyte.

A to F Common names with photo.

Related Links opens in a new window. Funaria hygrometrica is a common world wide water moss which grows on moist, shady, and damp soil. Fish New Zealand Freshwater.

Funaria hygrometrica in Flora of North America @

Weeds and Escapee Plants Botanical names. Research, Analysis and Information Network. The leaves are mm long with an acute apex and weakly serrate margins. At the apex of the main plant axis, the antheridia is borne.

Treatments in Other Floras www. Poisonous plants in New Zealand. Most of the varieties that have been described probably do not merit recognition because of the morphological plasticity of the species in response to environmental conditions. Friends of Te Henui 5: Related Links opens in a new window Treatments in Other Floras www.


Bonfire Moss (Funaria hygrometrica)

Views Read Edit View history. Seta usually mm, slender and flexuose, usually hygroscopic. Capsule mm, inclined to nearly erect, straight or weakly curved, capsule narrowly tapered to a long slender neck, mouth of capsule wide. The English names ‘little goldilocks’ and ‘golden maidenhair’ refer to the hygrometrca appearance of the densely packed, yellowish to reddish brown sporophytes.

Funaria hygrometrica

Funaria hygrometrica is widespread, common, frequently collected, and funwria considered a weed, therefore not threatened.

In southern Africa it occurs at altitudes of m. Flora of southern Africa. Funaria hygrometrica is rather inconspicuous when sterile when the more conspicuous sporophyte has not yet developed. R to Z Common names with photo. The distinctive capsule is horizontal to pendent, up to 3 mm long, reddish brown, asymmetrical, curved, more or less pear-shaped with an oblique mouth, with hygrometrkca longitudinal furrows when dry.

The colourful sporophyte is much longer than the stem from which it arises. Common cord-moss, little goldilocks, golden maidenhair. Hygromerica – Taranaki Educational Resource: This question is for testing whether or not you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.