Pohlia proligera

(Kindberg) Lindberg ex Arnell

Bot. Not. 1894: 54. 1894.

Basionym: Webera proligera Kindberg Forh. Vidensk.-Selsk. Kristiania 1888(6): 30. 1888
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 28. Treatment on page 208. Mentioned on page 194, 204.

Plants medium-sized, green, glossy. Stems 0.5–3.5 cm. Leaves ± erect, lanceolate, 0.6–1.6 mm; margins serrulate to serrate in distal 1/3; costa subpercurrent; distal medial laminal cells rhombic to linear-rhomboidal, 60–105 µm, walls thin. Specialized asexual reproduction usually present when sterile; axillary gemmae in dense clusters, oblong-linear to linear-vermicular, white, pale green, or rarely pale orange, hyaline, leaf primordia restricted to apex, erect, peglike, elongate. Sexual condition dioicous; perigonial leaves ovate; perichaetial leaves weakly differentiated, narrowly lanceolate. Seta orange-brown. Capsule inclined 95–180°, brown to stramineous, pyriform, neck 1/3 urn length; exothecial cells short-rectangular, walls sinuate; stomata superficial; annulus present; operculum convex-conic; exostome teeth yellow-brown, narrowly triangular-acute; endostome hyaline, basal membrane 1/2 exostome length, segments distinctly keeled, broadly perforate, cilia short to rudimentary. Spores 16–21 µm, finely roughened.

Phenology: Capsules mature summer (Jun–Aug).
Habitat: Acid, sandy disturbed soil, path banks, stream banks
Elevation: low to high elevations


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Greenland, Alta., B.C., N.B., Nfld. and Labr., N.W.T., N.S., Nunavut, Ont., P.E.I., Que., Alaska, Ariz., Calif., Colo., Idaho, Maine, Mich., Minn., Mont., N.Y., Oreg., S.Dak., Utah, Vt., Wash., Europe.


Pohlia proligera is a relatively common species in boreal and high-montane habitats. The leaves are glossy, with dense, feltlike clusters of whitish, pale green, or sometimes pale orange gemmae in their axils. The gemmae are linear-vermicular with one or two peglike apical leaf primordia.

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Lower Taxa

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Greenland +, Alta. +, B.C. +, N.B. +, Nfld. and Labr. +, N.W.T. +, N.S. +, Nunavut +, Ont. +, P.E.I. +, Que. +, Alaska +, Ariz. +, Calif. +, Colo. +, Idaho +, Maine +, Mich. +, Minn. +, Mont. +, N.Y. +, Oreg. +, S.Dak. +, Utah +, Vt. +, Wash. +  and Europe. +
low to high elevations +
Acid, sandy disturbed soil, path banks, stream banks +
Capsules mature summer (Jun–Aug). +
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Pohlia proligera +
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