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Plant very stiff and robust, and moderately large green capitulum with prominent terminal bud, lower branches and stem dark brown - black, metallic sheen; Fascicles with 3-4 divergent often up-turned and stiff, occasionally with one divergent branch with exceptionally long leaves, up to 5 mm long; branch leaves with numerous pores along the commisures of convex side, chlorophyllous cells eilliptic-triangular exposed entirely on concave side; stem leaf often tapered in at mid-point, with lacerate apex usually less than the width of the end of the leaf, cells aporose, and without fibrils, septate to 4 times.
Roadside ditch alongside many different sphagnum species. elevation: 3000'
This specimen is unfimiliar to me. It is most similar to S. girgensohnii or S. russowii, but also very different from them.
Lat: 48.08, Long: -121.78
Spotted on Apr 6, 2015
Submitted on Apr 8, 2015