Meesia longiseta


Sp. Musc. Frond., 173. 1801

Treatment appears in FNA Volume 28. Treatment on page 33.
Plants 0.4–0.8 cm. Stem leaves spreading and somewhat twisted when dry, irregularly spreading and indistinctly 3-ranked when moist, ovate-lanceolate to lanceolate, 2–3.5 mm; base decurrent; margins plane to weakly reflexed basally, entire; apex acute to narrowly obtuse; costa narrow, ending in or just before apex; inner laminal cells smaller, walls thicker than those of marginal cells. Sexual condition synoicous. Seta 5–11 cm. Capsule 3.5–4.5 mm. Spores 36–44 µm.

Habitat: Calcareous soil banks, rich fens, boreal, alpine, and arctic habitats
Elevation: low to high elevations


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Alta., B.C., Man., Nfld. and Labr., N.W.T., Nunavut, Ont., Yukon, Alaska, Calif., Conn., Idaho, Ind., N.H., N.Y., Central America (Guatemala, Honduras), n Eurasia.


Meesia longiseta is distinguished from M. triquetra by its entire leaf margins, synoicous sexual condition, and generally more slender leaves. The species occurs in habitats similar to those of M. triquetra.

Selected References


Lower Taxa


Facts about "Meesia longiseta"
AuthorDale H. Vitt +
AuthorityHedwig +
DistributionAlta. +, B.C. +, Man. +, Nfld. and Labr. +, N.W.T. +, Nunavut +, Ont. +, Yukon +, Alaska +, Calif. +, Conn. +, Idaho +, Ind. +, N.H. +, N.Y. +, Central America (Guatemala +, Honduras) + and n Eurasia. +
Elevationlow to high elevations +
HabitatCalcareous soil banks, rich fens, boreal, alpine, and arctic habitats +
IllustrationPresent +
Illustration copyrightFlora of North America Association +
IllustratorPatricia M. Eckel +
Publication titleSp. Musc. Frond., +
Publication year1801 +
ReferenceNone +
Source xml grained fna xml/V28/V28 33.xml +
Special statusIllustrated +
Taxon familyMeesiaceae +
Taxon nameMeesia longiseta +
Taxon parentMeesia +
Taxon rankspecies +
VolumeVolume 28 +