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Funaria hygrometrica

Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Bryophyta
Class: Bryopsida
Order: Funariales
Family: Funariaceae
Genus: Funaria
Binomial name: Funaria hygrometrica

Funaria hygrometrica is a common world wide water moss which grows on moist, shady, and damp soil. It can also be found on moist walls and the crevices of rocks and places where recent fires have taken place. Height: Up to 30 mm.
The plant body (Gametophyte) is green, soft, and upright. The rhizoids present in this species are multi-cellular and branched. They have oblique septa. The main axis of the plant, which is upright, bears a set of spirally arranged, sessile leaves having a clearly distinguishable midrib. At the apex of the main plant axis, the antheridia is borne. This is the male part of the shoot (sporophyte).
A lateral branch from the main plant axis bears the female shoot archegonia at its meristem.

Morning dew on this moss

The structure of this moss