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Published In: Die Musci der Flora von Buitenzorg 4: 1307. 1923. (Musci Buitenzorg) Name publication detailView in BotanicusView in Biodiversity Heritage Library
 

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The genus consists of some 30 species in the world, mainly in the Old World tropic regions, often growing on tree trunks or branches. Two species are known from China.
 
 

 


 

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16. Rhaphidostichum Fleisch.   狗尾藓属   gou wei xian shu
Musci Buitenzorg 4: 1307. 1923.
 
Plants rather robust, somewhat glossy, in dense patches. Stems prostrate, irregularly pinnately branched; branches erect-spreading or erect. Leaves arranged in numerous ranks, nearly complanate, erect or erect-spreading, ovate or oblong-ovate, spathulately concave, acute, shortly acuminate or slenderly acuminate to long piliform; margins weakly serrulate at apex; costae absent; leaf cells narrowly rhomboidal, thick-walled, sometimes pitted, smooth or papillose; basal cells slightly shorter; alar region consisting of one row of inflated cells, yellowish and hyaline, with few shorter and smaller cells above. Monoicous or dioicous. Setae slender, elongate, smooth below, mammillose above; capsules small, inclined or pendent, oblong-ovoid or cylindrical; opercula conic at base, obliquely and slenderly rostrate; peristome double; exostome teeth narrowly lanceolate, outer surface clearly with a median line, cross-striate below, hyaline, papillose above, inner surface clearly trabeculate; endostome segments as high as exostome teeth, keeled; basal membrane high; cilia 1–2, slightly shorter than segments. Spores small, smooth.
 

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1. Plants slender; leaves ovate to narrowly ovate, less than 2.5 mm long and 0.75 mm wide, not abruptly narrowed into a filiform acumen.........................................................................1. R. bunodicarpum
1. Plants stout; leaves broadly ovate, more than 2.5 mm long and 1 mm wide; abruptly narrowed into a filiform acumen.............................................................................................................. 2. R. piliferum
 
 
 
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