"Leaves" on Moss Gametophytes

Janice M. Glime jmglime at MTU.EDU
Mon Apr 15 21:51:43 EST 1996


To David Oppenheim and other plant-edders,
  The leaves on mosses are called phyllids, but most bryologists simply
call them leaves.  You will find that most of the moss literature refers
to them as leaves.  I suspect they were dubbed leaves long before some
vascular botanist decided to narrow the definition to blades with vascular
tissue to distinguish "true" leaves from enations.  
Janice
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