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Published In: Corollarium Bryologiae Europaeae 22. 1856. (Coroll. Bryol. Eur.) Name publication detail

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Plant Category: Mosses
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The Seligeriaceae contain some 5-6 genera and about 50 species primarily of the temperate regions; two genera and six species in the Neotropics. The family is placed in the order Dicranales.
Seligeriaceae contiene unos 5-6 géneros y aproximadamente 50 especies principalmente de regiones templadas; dos géneros y seis especies presentes en el Neotrópico. La familia está localizada en el orden Dicranales.


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Plants small to somewhat medium sized, gregarious or forming rather dense tufts. Stems erect, few branched by innovations; central strand present; radiculose below. Leaves rather loosely foliate, lanceolate-linear or -subulate, base mostly ovate to ± oblong; margins plane and entire; costae single, stout, long excurrent; laminal cells somewhat elongate, lower cells ± oblong-rectangular; alar region differentiated or not. Gemmae not observed, apparently absent. Autoicous or dioicous. Perichaetia terminal; leaves little or distinctly differentiated. Setae elongate and slender, erect, curved or cygneous, distally twisted, smooth. Capsules erect or subpendent, urn short ovoid or ovoid short-cylindrical, smooth or ribbed; annuli present and well developed or absent; opercula short rostrate, straight or oblique; peristome single, teeth 16, fragile and reduced or teeth shortly divided at apex, papillose. Calyptrae cucullate or mitrate-short campanulate. Spores spherical, mostly lightly papillose.
Plantas pequeñas hasta algo medianas, gregarias o formando manojo bastante densos. Tallos erectos, poco ramificado por innovaciones; banda central presente; radiculosos abajo. Hojas muy laxamente foliosas, lanceolado-lineales o -subuladas, bases generalmente ovadas hasta ± oblongas; márgenes planos y enteros; costa simple, robusta, largo-excurrente; células de la lámina algo alargadas, células inferiores ± oblongo-rectangulares; región alar diferenciada o no. Yemas no observadas, aparentemente ausentes. Autoicas o dioicas. Periquecios terminales; hojas poco o conspicuamente diferenciadas. Setas alargadas y delgadas, erectas, curvadas o císneas, distalmente torcidas y lisas. Cápsulas erectas o subpendientes, urna corto-ovoide u ovoide corto-cilíndrica, lisas o acostilladas; anillo presente y bien desarrollado o ausente; opérculo corto rostrado, recto u oblicuo; peristoma simple, con 16 dientes, frágiles y reducidos o dientes brevemente partidos en el ápice, papilosos. Caliptra cuculada o corto-mitrada campanulada. Esporas esféricas, generalmente finamente papilosas.

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1. Plants large, in usually dense tufts; alar region differentiated, cells enlarged; capsule smooth; annuli absent; exposed high montane to páramo and humid puna; on rocks along streams; tropical Andes … Blindia
1. Plants small, gregarious; alar region undifferentiated, cells not enlarged; capsule striate; annuli present; open montane; probably on soil; Colombia (at present) … Brachydontium
1. Plantas grandes, usualmente en manojos densos; región alar diferenciada, células agrandadas; cápsulas lisas; anillo ausente … Blindia
1. Plantas pequeñas, gregarias; región alar indiferenciada, células no agrandadas; cápsulas estriadas; anillo presente … Brachydontium
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