Calypogeia muelleriana

This is easily the most common and widespread species of the genus. As with other Calypogeia species, it has an incubus and overlapping leaf-insertion pattern, and it grows closely appressed to the substrate, making it difficult to see other structures until a specimen is in-hand at the microscope. Both the shoots and the leaf cells are larger than that of the "smaller" Calypogeia species (e.g., C. suecica), and the rhizoid initial zone (the place where you can see rhizoids sprouting from the underleaves) is shorter than that in other large-sized Calypogeia species (e.g., C. fissa). However, it is more variable in character than most other Calypogeia species, so several stems in a colony must be examined for a proper identification.

Found on rotting logs, humus, soil, rocks in shady/moist forests of Albert, Charlotte, Kent, Kings, Madawaska, Northumberland, Queens, Restigouche, Saint John, Westmorland, Victoria, and York counties; widespread and frequent, often mixed with other species on rotting wood; 40 total records, with 37 at NBM, 1 from CMN, and others from UBC.

Species Name:

Calypogeia muelleriana

Species Authority: (Schiffn.) K. Müll. Frib.
Total Records held: 40
Total Records held at NBM: 37
Bibliography: Belland (1992) Clay and Richards (1996) Fenton and Frego (2005)