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Published In: Bryologia Europaea 6: 23. 553 (fasc. 52–56 Mon. 19. 19). 1853. (Bryol. Eur.) Name publication detail

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Illustrations: R.-L. Hu & Y.-F. Wang (eds.) 2005 (Pl. 30, figs. 1–10).

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Map: Brachythecium albicans (Hedw.) Schimp. (Distribution in China)

Distribution     (Last Modified On 3/30/2009)
Habitat: on rocks, tree trunks, and soil near streams; alt. 185–3700 m.
Distribution: China, Caucasus, Europe, North America, Greenland, and New Zealand.

Specimens Examined     (Last Modified On 3/30/2009)
Specimens Examined:
Chinese specimens examined: Shaanxi: Chang-an Co., L.-M. Li 1646, 1707, M.-X. Zhang 2052, 2081 (all in WUK); Mt. Qinling, P.-C. Chen 582 (PE). Shandong: Mt. Laoshan, C. Gao & E.-Z. Bai 34413 (MO). Sichuan: A-ba Co., S. He 31020 (MO); Mt. Omei, J.-X. Luo 151 (PE); Tian-quan Co., S. He 32075 (MO). Xinjiang: Bur-qin Co., S.-L. Chen 401, Q.-T. Jiang 406 (both in MO); He-jiang Co., S. He 951182, J.-C. Zhao 953325 (both in MO). Xizang: Cuo-na Co., Exped. Team 7954 (PE). Yunnan: Da-li Co., X.-Y. Jia 910078 (MO); Dulongjiang, M. Zang 2260 (HKAS); Fu-gong Co., L.-S. Wang 82-736 (HKAS); Gong-shan Co., M.-Z. Wang 11546a (PE), A.-L. Zhang 19a (HKAS); Lu-xi Co., X.-Y. Jia 910111 (MO); Wei-xi Co., J.-X. Xi 421, D.-C. Zhang 569 (both in HKAS); Yuan-yang Co., M. Zang 4853 (HKAS).

Notes     (Last Modified On 3/30/2009)
general taxon notes:
Brachythecium albicans is characterized by its grayish green plants, its homomorphous leaves with slightly constricted leaf bases and narrowly acute to shortly acuminate leaf apices, and by its alar cells extending close to costa at leaf base.


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1. Brachythecium albicans (Hedw.) Schimp. in B.S.G.   灰白青藓   hui bai qing xian
Bryol. Eur. 6: 23. pl. 553. 1853. Chamberlainia albicans (Hedw.) H. Rob., Bryologist 65: 112. 1962[1963]. Hypnum albicans Hedw., Sp. Musc. Frond. 251. 1801. Type: Europe.
Plants medium-sized, grayish green or yellowish green, somewhat glossy, in loose mats. Stems prostrate or somewhat ascending, 4–5 cm long, irregularly branched, branches 7–10 mm long, somewhat julaceous, or more or less flattened, loosely foliate, sometimes twisted when dry. Stem and branch leaves homomorphous, oblong-lanceolate to narrowly ovate-lanceolate, 1.53–1.71 mm × 0.45–0.61 mm, slightly plicate, acuminate, narrowly acute at apex, barely decurrent at base; margins entire below, serrulate near apex; costae ending slightly above mid-leaf; median leaf cells linear-rhomboidal, 40–80 µm × 5–7 µm; alar cells subquadrate, extending close to costa at leaf base. Dioicous. Setae 15–22 mm long, reddish brown, smooth; capsules inclined to horizontal, shortly cylindrical, 1.0–1.5 mm long, asymmetric; opercula shortly conic-rostrate; annuli developed, consisting of 2 rows of inflated cells; cilia 2–3. Spores papillose.


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