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Published In: Die Laubmoose Deutschlands, Oesterreichs und der Schweiz 3(35): 570. 1899. (Laubm. Deutschl.) Name publication detail

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Plant Category: Moss

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general taxon notes:

Scorpidium contains three species primarily from the cold north temperate region. Two species are recorded for Bolivia and the Neotropics.


Scorpidium contiene tres especies distribuidas principalmente en las regiones frías templadas del norte. Dos especies son registradas en Bolivia y el Neotrópico.


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Plants medium sized to rather large, often yellowish-brown or red. Stems regular to irregularly pinnately branched, often in one plane; in cross-section hyalodermis present, partial or complete. Leaves oblong-ovate or ovate-lanceolate, moderately to strongly concave, apex obtuse, apiculate or long acuminate, smooth or weakly plicate, entire below, entire or faintly dentate at apex; costa single or short and forked; upper median cells linear, smooth, thin- to firm-walled, entire or porose; alar cells weakly differentiated, forming a small group of cells. Dioicous. [Setae elongate, smooth. Capsules curved, urn cylindrical; peristome well developed. Calyptrae cucullate, naked and smooth. Spores lightly papillose.]


Plantas medianas a bastante grandes, a menudo pardo-amarillentas o rojas. Tallos con ramificaciones regular a irregularmente pinnadas, a menudo en un plano; hialodermis presente en corte transversal, parcial o completa. Hojas oblongo-ovadas u ovado-lanceoladas, moderada hasta marcadamente cóncavas, ápices obtusos, apiculados o largo-acuminados, lisas o débilmente plegadas, enteras en la base, enteras o débilmente dentadas en el ápice; costa simple o corta y bifurcada; células superiores medias lineales, lisas, con paredes delgadas a firmes, enteras o porosas;  células alares débilmente diferenciadas, formando un pequeño grupo de células. Dioicas. [Setas largas y lisas. Cápsulas curvadas, urna cilíndrica; peristoma bien desarrollado. Caliptra cuculada, desnuda y lisa. Esporas finamente papilosas.]


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1. Stem leaves lanceolate to ovate-lanceolate, 0.4-l.1 mm wide, concave; apex short to long acuminate; costa single, extending beyond midleaf; stem hyalodermis mostly complete, rarely only covering 75% of stem circumference … S. cossonii
1. Stem leaves oblong-ovate (occasionally suborbicular), 0.9-2.4 mm wide, strongly concave; apex obtuse to apiculate; costa forked (rarely single or absent); stem hyalodermis often incomplete … S. scorpioides
1. Hojas del tallo lanceoladas a ovado-lanceoladas, 0.4-l.1 mm de ancho, cóncavas; ápice corto a largo acuminado; costa simple, extendiéndose hasta más de la mitad de la hoja; hialodermis del tallo generalmente completa, rara vez solo cubriendo 75% de la circunferencia del tallo … S. cossonii
1. Hojas del tallo oblongo-ovadas (ocasionalmente suborbiculares), 0.9-2.4 mm de ancho, marcadamente cóncavas; ápice obtuso a apiculado; costa furcada (rara vez simple o ausente); hialodermis del tallo a menudo incompleta … S. scorpioides
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