Genus name derived from a reference to the inner peristome segments nearly opposite the outer teeth; the species meaning shortly hanging, in reference to the habit of some plants, but not descriptive of British Columbia specimens that sometimes have very elongate pendent shoots.
Sometimes used as packing material and ornamentally in shop windows; has also been used to decorate a ceremonial mask by West Coast First Nations.
The radiating midribs are found in no other local moss.
Forming extensive yellowish-green rounded tufts or mats, sometimes with long pendent or hanging shoots.
Sometimes confused with small specimens of Rhytidiadelphus triquetrus but the leaves of this species generally form bristly undtidy shoot tips, the leaves are pleated and have two parallel midribs. A. californica is usually dark green, the leaves are closely appressed to the stem when dry, making the dry shoots appear very slender, and the midrib is single.
If more than one illustration is available for a species (e.g., separate illustrations were provided for two subspecies) then links to the separate images will be provided below. Note that individual subspecies or varietal illustrations are not always available.
Illustration Source: Some Common Mosses of BC
Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Antitrichia curtipendula var. curtipendula
Antitrichia curtipendula var. gigantea