Genus name referring to the irregular holes in the peristome teeth. Species name noting the large, hood-shaped calyptra.
Sporophytes frequent in spring; the sporangia are smooth when ripe.
The rounded tufts with conspicuous hair points on the leaves, the semi-arid climate restriction, and the bellshaped calyptrae will separate this species.
Forming whitish to grayish, rounded tufts; the hair points on the leaves are conspicuous and create the grayish appearance of the tufts.
Several species of Grimmia resemble this moss, but in Grimmia the calyptrae are never bell-shaped and only partially enclose the sporangium. Technical microscopic features also distinguish Coscinodon from Grimmia. Unfortunately species of Grimmia of similar form are frequent in the semi-arid interior. G. pulvinata, which superficially resembles C. calytratus, has a curved seta unlike the straight seta in Coscinodon; the sporangia are grooved when ripe in Grimmia pulvinata, smooth in Coscinodon.
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:
Grimmia calyptrata Hook.