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Published In: Bryologia Universa 1: 226. 1826. (Bryol. Univ.) Name publication detail

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Holomitrium, Eucamptodontopsis, and Schliephackea form a generic complex of medium to large, commonly corticolous mosses marked by five morphological features: 1. a strong single costa, 2. well developed alar cells, 3. long, sheathing perichaetial leaves, 4. erect capsules, and 5. undivided peristome teeth. The genera are weakly segregrated, and features that are characteristic of one member of the group commonly occur sporadically throughout the complex. Allen (1990a) treated the complex in detail. Hegewald (1978) provided a useful revision of Holomitrium in the Antilles.


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Holomitrium Brid., Bryol. Univ. 1: 226. 1826.

Plants small to robust, tufted, yellow-green above, brownish below; stems erect, central strand present. Leaves typically erect at base, more or less clasping, keeled or concave above, erect spreading wet, crispate to spirally contorted dry; margins serrate to crenulate, rarely nearly entire; costa strong, percurrent or excurrent, smooth at back or with a few apical teeth; cells smooth, elongate and porose at base, distinctly shorter above; alar cells differentiated, persistent or fugacious. Pseudautoicous. Perichaetial leaves sheathing to convolute at base, long setaceous above, at times reaching and overtopping the capsules; capsules erect, cylindrical to oblong; stomata present; opercula subulate-rostrate; peristome teeth undivided or fenestrate, densely papillose on the outer surface; annuli absent. Calyptrae long, cucullate, entire at base. Spores spherical, weakly papillose.



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