Class: Bryopsida

This group contains all our photo galleries of plant life, belonging to the Taxonomic Class Bryopsida, the True Mosses. The galleries of photos are sorted by their Taxonomic Genus and Species. Click on the photo to view the gallery contents.

The Bryopsida class is very diverse and contains some 95% of all described mosses, around 11500 species, common throughout the world. True Mosses have leafy rather than thalloid gametophytes and can be found in damp, including freshwater, or drier habitats. They have erect or prostrate leafless stems which give rise to leafless stalks that bear capsules. Spores formed within the capsules are released and grow to produce new plants. Note that some small plants have the name moss but are in fact not mosses at all, instead they are an algae, lichen, or herb. For example Club Moss is actually an evergreen herb. The most important identifying characteristic of Bryopsida is the peculiar peristome (ring of teeth) surrounding the mouth of the sporophyte capsule. Bryopsida are the only mosses that have a peristome in which the lateral walls of the peristome teeth are eroded and have uneven thickenings.
Polytrichadelphus magellanicus (Moss)