Atrichum angustatum (Bridel) Bruch & Schimper (Polytrichaceae) is a relative of the common Polytrichum commune, but shorter in stature and with distinctly wavy leaves. The upright stems are 1-2 cm tall, and like other members of the family, have vertical, fin-like sheets of tissue arising from the nidrib. Typically numbering about 10, these lamellae are also wavy. Polytrichum has up to 20, and these are straight, compact and occupy most of the leaf surface. leaf cells are roundish and bulging to papillose (with short, hard, translucent bumps).
|The upward-facing rosettes of narrow, wavy leaves resemble a tiny bromeliad. The lamellae can be seen along the midrib, running the length of the leaf. All photos by Robert A. Klips, Ohio Moss and Lichen Association.|
|The wavy sheets of tissue, or lamellae, can be seen arising from the midrib.|
|This reproductive specimen, with its narrowly cylindrical|
sporangia, was photographed in Ohio.