acrocarpous


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acrocarpous

[‚ak·rə′kär·pəs]
(botany)
In some mosses of the subclass Eubrya, having the sporophyte at the end of a stem and therefore exhibiting the erect habit.
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(after Meagher and Fuhrer 2003) acrocarpous Having sporophytes terminal on stems or branches.
Rosulabryum billarderii (acrocarpous) Forest age Number of: 10 15 20 30 Stems examined 200 200 200 200 % fertile stems 23.5 15 35.5 28 % NE stems 76.5 85 64.5 72 Female stems 46 29 58 49 Male stems 1 1 13 7 NE stems 153 170 129 144 Perichaetia 46 29 58 49 Perigonia 1 1 13 14 Ratio perichaetia:perigonia 46:1 29:1 4.5:1 3.5:1 Archegonia 25 168 0 54 Antheridia 14 0 87 24 Ratio archegonia:antheridia 1.8:1 168:0 0:9 2.3:1 Sporophytes 11 7 12 10 Fertile stems with sporophytes 47 30 71 56 c.
The pleurocarpous species Anomodon and Platygyrium thus could have usurped a majority of the substrate by growing across it, preventing the acrocarpous species (Leucobryum) from spreading once it established.