Genus name meaning covered with a veil, in reference to the large cone-shaped calyptra. Species name based on the slender tip of the calyptra.
Sometimes called "extinguisher moss" because of the resemblance of the calyptra to a candle snuffer. This is not a common moss and usually generates excitement when it is first seen because, when the calyptra is present, it is distinctive and highly attr
This is the only common species that has a fringed calyptra, obvious red peristome teeth and a smooth-walled sporangium. The usually shaded habitat is also diagnostic.
Forming loose turfs of bluish-green to yellowish-green, nonglossy, erect shoots.
Several species of Encalypta have a fringed calyptra but, of these, E. brevipes lacks peristome teeth and has hair-pointed leaves, E. brevicol/a has whitish, rather than reddish peristome teeth and hair-pointed leaves, E. a/finis also has hair-pointed leaves and the peristome teeth are in two rows, and E. alpina lacks peristome teeth. E. procera, which commonly lacks sporophytes, has leaves that have a blunt apex. Also, sporophytes of E. procera have spirally oriented grooves.
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:
Encalypta ciliata var. microstoma Schimp.
Encalypta ciliata var. pilifera Flow.
Encalypta ciliata var. sibirica Weinm.