Story: Mosses

Structure of a moss leaf

Structure of a moss leaf

Most moss leaves are very simple and consist of a single layer of photosynthetic cells. Water and gases from outside pass easily into the cells. This moss, Distichophyllum kraussei, has elongated cells on its leaf margin and a central thickening, known as a nerve, that supports the leaf.

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Maggy Wassilieff, 'Mosses - Life cycle and habitat', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/10646/structure-of-a-moss-leaf (accessed 6 December 2019)

Story by Maggy Wassilieff, published 24 Sep 2007