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Published In: Archiv des Vereins der Freunde der Naturgeschichte in Mecklenburg 47(2): 129. 1894. (Arch. Vereins Freunde Naturgesch. Mecklenburg) Name publication detail

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The genus Struckia consists of two species in the world, and one species is found in China. Tan and Jia (1999) suggested that Struckia be placed in the Plagiotheciaceae, but it is treated here for the convenience of the traditional treatment of the Sematophyllaceae.


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18. StruckiaC. Müll. 牛尾藓属 niu wei xian shu
Arch. Vereins Freunde Naturgesch. Mecklenburg 47: 129. 1893.
Plants robust, but often soft, grayish green, silver-glossy. Stems prostrate, irregularly branched; branches dense, erect, some shoots and branches attenuate and flagelliferous distally, or sometimes ending in stems with small ovate caducous leaves; rhizoids dense, reddish. Leaves densely imbricate when dry, erect or erect-patent when moist, ovate, narrowly acuminate or nearly filiform at apex; leaf margins slightly involute at base, entire or dentate above; costae double, very short; leaf cells narrowly rhomboidal or linear; alar cells in several rows, quadrate, hyaline. Autoicous. Inner perichaetial leaves erect, becoming lanceolate from a sheathing base. Setae slender, reddish or orange-yellow, frequently twisted when dry; capsules erect, ovoid, apophyses short, stomata present; opercula conic, round and blunt at tips; annuli broad, deciduous when mature; peristome usually single (endostome absent); exostome teeth narrowly lanceolate, short, yellow, densely papillose, nodule very long, sometimes perforate along median line. Spores densely papillose.

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One species is found in China.

1. Struckia argentata (Mitt.) C. Müll.   
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