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


Scorpidium contiene tres especies distribuidas principalmente en las regiones frías templadas del norte. Dos especies son registradas en 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 concave, narrowing from ovate or rather broadly ovate base to short- or long-acuminate apex, ± abruptly curved above from erect-patent or patent base; costa single, ending in upper half of leaf; hyalodermis of stem mostly complete; stem leaves 0.4-1.1 mm wide … S. cossonii
1. Stem leaves strongly concave, suborbicular and obtuse to apiculate, or narrowing from broadly ovate or broadly ovate-lanceolate base to apiculate or acute or acuminate point, falcate or straight; costa usually forked, rarely single or lacking; hyalodermis of stem often incomplete; stem leaves 0.9-2.4 mm wide … S. scorpioides
1. Hojas de los tallos cóncavas, estrechándose desde una base ovada o algo ampliamente ovada hasta un ápice corto- o largo-acuminado, ± abruptamente curvadas arriba de la base erecto-patente o patente; costa simple, terminando en la mitad superior de la hoja; hialodermis del tallo mayormente completa; hojas del tallo de 0.4-1.1 mm de ancho … S. cossonii
1. Hojas de los tallos fuertemente cóncavas, suborbiculares y obtusas a apiculadas, o estrechándose desde una base ovada o ampliamente ovado-lanceolada hasta una punta apiculada o aguda o acuminada, falcadas o restas; costa usualmente bifurcada, raramente simple o ausente; hialodermis del tallo generalmente incompleta; hojas del tallo de 0.9-2.4 mm de ancho … S. scorpioides
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