3. Anomodon giraldii Müll. Hal. 尖叶牛舌藓 jian-ye niu-she xian
Nuovo Giorn. Bot. Ital., n. ser. 3: 117. 1896. Type. China: Shaanxi (Schen-si), Giraldi s.n.
Plants usually tufted in large lax cushions, dark yellowish green to green, yellowish brown when old. Primary stems creeping, flagelliform, up to 7 cm long; secondary stems erect or ascending, ca. 3 cm long, irregularly pinnately branched, caudate; central strand absent. Stem leaves concave, imbricate when dry, widely ovate, shortly acuminate, ca. 1.8–2.5 mm long, opaque; leaf margins entire or with a few teeth near apex; costa nearly excurrent, smooth or papillose at the back; median leaf cells rhomboidal to oval, ca. 5–15 µm, thick-walled, with several gross papillae; basal leaf cells rather long and smooth near costa; branch leaves ca. 1/2 the stem leaf length. Dioicous. Perichaetial leaves ovate at base, gradually narrow to a lanceolate acumen; costa reaching 2/3 the leaf length. Setae yellowish brown or reddish brown, ca. 2 mm long; capsule cylindrical; opercula conical, obliquely beaked; peristome double; exostome teeth yellowish brown, hyaline above, finely papillose; endostome segments rudimentary; basal membrane ca. 1/2 the length of exostome teeth; cilia absent. Calyptrae smooth.