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Published In: The Bryologist 98: 265. f. 1a–g. 1995. (Bryologist) Name publication detail

Project Name Data (Last Modified On 10/18/2009)
Acceptance : Accepted
Project Data     (Last Modified On 4/14/2018)
Status: endemic
Plant Category: Mosses
country distribution: Ecuador
EcoRegions: Open montane
elevation: 2000-2500
substrate: leaf litter / humus
frequency: rare
General Reference:

Notes     (Last Modified On 4/14/2018)

Ecology: Open forested montane, in swampy area; on humus. Elevation: 2500 m. Distribution: Endemic to the tropical Andes (Ecuador). This species is the only known moss endemic to the Cordillera del Cóndor in southern Ecuador. Assigned to section Sphagnum.

Ecología: Montano abierto arbolado. Elevación: 2500 m. Distribución: Endémica para los Andes tropicales (Ecuador). Asignada a la sección Sphagnum.

Crum (1995) notes the similarity to S. sanguinale Warnst., but differs from that species by the undivided hyaline cells of the stem leaves, the retort-like branch cortical cells, and the narrowly exposed green cells of branch leaves on both surfaces

This species is named for Alwyn H. Gentry (1945-1993), one of the foremost students of neotropical plants, and author of A Field Guide to the Families and Genera of Woody Plants of Northwest South America (1993).


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Plants small, brown. Stems blackish, cortex lacking fibrils, mostly 1-pores, wood cylinder reddish brown. Stem leaves oblong to ovate-oblong, 1.1-1.3 mm, concave, margins short fringed; hyaline cells not divided, mostly resorbed or with round gaps in the upper 1/3, occasionally with fibril stumps. Branches 2- fasciculate, both spreading or ascending, cortical cells partly large and retort-like with a single distal pore, lacking fibrils. Branch leaves erect-spreading, ovate, ca. 1 mm; hyaline cells on the outer surface with few rather large, round or round-elliptic pores at corners and commissures, on the inner surface without pores or rarely with 1 elliptic pseudopore; in cross-section green cells central, narrowly exposed on both surfaces, more so on the inner; hyaline cells weakly convex. Crum 1995.



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