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|Jan 1 2013 ·|
Scopelophila cataractae is one of the mosses often called "copper mosses" because of the apparent restriction to copper-containing rocks. It is interesting that the only known occurrence of the species in California is near the town of Copperopolis, an area of past copper-mining activities. In California, Scopelophila shares this ecological habit with the completely unrelated Mielichhoferia elongata and Mielichhoferia shevockii (Mielichhoferiaceae). Both Scopelophila and Crumia occupy perennial seepages, and they have a similar pattern of a limbidium of thick-walled and enlarged cells. Unlike Crumia, however, Scopelophila has smooth (not papillose) median laminal cells.
see key to Scouleria Etc.
Scopelophila cataractae (Mitten) Brotherus
Scopelophila ligulata (Spruce) Spruce, recognized from CA since 2004
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