pleurocarpous


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pleurocarpous

[¦plu̇r·ə¦kär·pəs]
(botany)
Having the sporophyte in leaf axils along the side of the stem or on lateral branches; refers specifically to mosses.
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pleurocarpous Having the sporophytes arising from specialised side branches, so that the habit or form of the plant tends to be creeping or pendent.
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.
Growth form has also been postulated to lead to positive interactions: intermingling of their strands may create a network that would decrease water loss by both pleurocarpous species (Magdefrau 1982, Schofield 1985, Scandrett and Gimingham 1989, 0kland 1994), thus increasing their photosynthetic potential.
Their results were based on morphological and anatomical characters that had been neglected before by most taxonomists of pleurocarpous mosses.