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Published In: Flora 10(2, Beil.): 37. 1827. (Flora) Name publication detailView in BotanicusView in Biodiversity Heritage Library

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Brachydontium is a genus of minute, acrocarpous mosses found throughout the world. The genus is predominately autoicous (B. curvisetum Crum is dioicous). It has strongly costate leaves, smooth, firm-walled leaf cells and undifferentiated alar cells. It is separated from other gametophytically similar mosses (except Campylostelium) by its mitrate calyptra. Also distinctive are its shortly truncate, papillose peristome teeth that barely exceed a large, compound annulus. The setae in most species are cygneous.


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Brachydontium Bruch ex Fürnr., Flora 10: 37. 1827.

Plants minute, gregarious. Leaves subulate; costa strong, single; cells smooth, short above, longer at base, alar cells not differentiated. Autoicous. Setae elongate, cygneous or straight; capsules erect, stomata present; annuli large, compound; opercula rostrate, straight; peristome teeth absent or 16, short and truncate, papillose. Calyptrae mitrate.
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