Cryptic species within the cosmopolitan desiccation-tolerant moss Grimmia laevigata.

  title={Cryptic species within the cosmopolitan desiccation-tolerant moss Grimmia laevigata.},
  author={Catherine C Fernandez and James R. Shevock and Alexander N. Glazer and J. Nevin Thompson},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  volume={103 3},
The common cushion moss Grimmia laevigata (Bridel) Bridel grows on bare rock in a broad range of environments on every continent except Antarctica. As such, it must harbor adaptations to a remarkably broad set of environmental stresses, the extremes of which can include very high temperatures, prolonged nearly complete desiccation, and high ultraviolet B (UVB) exposure. Yet, like many mosses, G. laevigata shows very little morphological variability across its cosmopolitan range. This presents… CONTINUE READING


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