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Syntrichia laevipila var. meridionalis

On an Oak tree trunk in Middletown Trailside County Park, Lake County, California, March 30th 2012, this photograph obtained at home later. Note the clustered green structures at the top of the stem on the right. These are known as "brood leaves" or "brood bodies" and are a means of vegetative propagation (B. Mishler, personal communication). Image I12-0508

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Taken on April 7, 2012