|Ditrichum pallidum plants are like tiny clumps|
Ditrichum pallidum (Hedw.) Hampe (Ditrichaceae) is one of the grass-like mosses. Each shoot consists of
a clump of elongate, grass-like leaves that consist mostly of an elongate midrib (costa). Cells in the upper section are elongate-rectangular, but overlapping and hard to distinguish. The actual blade of the leaf flares out briefly at the base, where one can see relatively large ovate to rectangular cells. The capsules rise from elongate, straight stalks, and and remain more-or-less upright throughout. At maturity, the capsules are narrow, nearly cylindrical, and with a single row of short teeth around the mouth, attached just below the surface.
|Most of the leaf is the thick, prolonged tip of the|
midrib, with elongate-rectangular cells.
|Near the base, one can find the thin,|
flaring blade, with ovate to
|When dry, the capsules are nearly cylindric, with|
blunt tips. Just inside the mouth is a single row
of small teeth.