Dicranum Moss

Dicranum Moss Plant Information


Dicranum Moss grows in the following 2 states:

New Jersey, New York

Dicranum scoparium, the broom forkmoss, is a species of dicranid moss, native to North America, including the Great Lakes region. It usually forms tufts or mats on soil in dry to moist forested areas. Broom moss can be distinguished by its leaves, which strongly curve to one side.

Broom forkmoss is usually robust and coarse, forming shiny tufts with woolly stems 2-8cm high. The leaf midrib extends to the tip and usually has 4 ridges along its back. The leaves are 3.5-8mm long, lance-shaped with a long, slender point, and strongly toothed along the upper third. Most leaves will be folded and curved to one side, but may be wavy. Capsules are 2.3-5mm long, urn-shaped and curved. The capsules are held on mostly-erect stalks 18-35mm long. The operculum (capsule lid) is usually longer than the capsule.
Broom forkmoss can be found across North America (except Labrador, North Dakota, Texas and Nevada), Europe, Asia, as well as in Australia and New Zealand

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