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Published In: Corollarium Bryologiae Europaeae 12. 1856. (Coroll. Bryol. Eur.) Name publication detail

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Dichodontium is very close to Oreoweisia, but it differs in having peristome teeth striate below, papillose above, and divided halfway down.


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12. Dichodontium Schimp.   裂齿藓属 lie-chi xian shu
Coroll. Bryol. Eur. 12. 1856.
Plants small to medium-sized, yellowish green to dark green, in compact or loose tufts. Stems erect, simple or sparsely branched, often by innovation, radiculose below; central strand present. Leaves contorted to crispate when dry, oblong-lanceolate to ligulate, bluntly acute to rounded-obtuse and irregularly dentate at the apex; margins entire; costa strong, ending below the apex or subpercurrent, with a median row of guide cells, a well developed dorsal stereid band, and a small ventral band in transverse section; upper laminal cells nearly quadrate to rounded-qudarate, papillose-mammillose on both surfaces; lower cells elongate, rectangular, smooth, transparent; alar cells not differentiated. Dioicous. Perichaetial leaves similar to the upper leaves. Setae elongate, stout, smooth; capsules oblong-ovoid, symmetric or slightly curved, erect or inclined, with or without struma; opercula obliquely rostrate; annuli absent; peristome teeth 16, reddish, divided halfway down, basal membrane low, vertically striate below, papillose above. Calyptrae cucullate, entire at base.

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Only one species was reported by C. Gao (1994) from China. However, Sakurai (1949) described a new species, Dichodontium integrum from Shanxi province, which is obviously an overlooked species from China. No specimen of this species is available for study; we can only provide a description from the type prologue. 

1. Dichodontium integrum Sakurai

2. Dichodontium pellucidum (Hedw.) Schimp.  

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