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Published In: Journal of Bryology 9: 393. 1977. (J. Bryol.) Name publication detail
 

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Nomenclature: O. tenuirostris (Hook. & Tayl.) A. Smith, J. Bryol. 9: 393. 1977.
Weissia tenuirostris Hook. & Tayl., Musc. Brit. ed. 2, 83. 1827.
W. cylindrica Bruch ex Brid., Bryol. Univ. 1: 806. 1827.
Trichostomum cylindricum (Bruch ex Brid.) C. Muell., Syn. Musc. Frond.1: 586. 1849.
T. clintonii C. Muell., Linnaea 38: 636. 1874.
Oxystegus cylindricus (Brid.) Hilp., Bot. Centralbl. 50(2): 620. 1933.
Distribution: On rocks, also on banks and bases of trees at 1200-3000 m elev.; Chiapas, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Distrito Federal, Durango, Guerrero, Jalisco, Mexico, Michoacan, Morelos, Nayarit, Oaxaca, Puebla, San Luis Potos’, Tamaulipas, Veracruz. - Mexico; Central and South America; widespread in North America; Greenland; Europe and Asia.
Discussion: When the basal cells extend somewhat up the margins, the plants may be confused with Tortella tortuosa, but the deep orange color in 2% KOH is distinctive (as opposed to pale yellow or negative in T. tortuosa). A Mexican record of Didymodon juniperinus (C. Muell.) Broth. (Bowers, Sharp & Robinson, 1973) can be referred to Oxystegus tenuirostris. The var. holtii (Braithw.) A. Smith, not yet found in Mexico, has very broad leaves and upper margins often distinctly dentate and essentially smooth-celled. Three expressions of the O. tenuirostris complex can be recognized in Mexico:
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Plants yellow-green above, brown below, irregularly branched, weakly radiculose, up to 3 cm high. Leaves incurved-contorted and occasionally catenulate when dry, spreading up to 45¡ when moist, usually very fragile, weakly concave, commonly 3-5 mm long, long-lanceolate; costa with ventral epidermal cells quadrate and papillose except toward the apex where they are elongate and smooth; upper cells 10-12(-14) µm, usually evenly thick-walled, with papillae 2-4 and bifid or sometimes fused to form a single compound papilla covering the lumen; basal cells with thin or thick walls, 10-15 µm wide and 3-5:1, generally short-rectangular and thick-walled near the top of the sheathing base. Dioicous. Setae 1-1.5 cm long; capsules 3-3.2 mm long, long-cylindric; annulus of 1-2 rows of vesiculose cells; operculum long-conic to rostrate; peristome teeth long-ligulate, up to 220 µm long, yellow to brown, weakly papillose to striolate. Spores 13-20 µm, papillose.
 

 

 

 
 
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