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Published In: Corollarium Bryologiae Europaeae 6. 1856. (Coroll. Bryol. Eur.) Name publication detail

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The present concept of the Bruchiaceae follows Buck (1979) as containing four genera - Bruchia, Pringleella, Eobruchia and Trematodon, thus the family may contain 100 or more species; in the Neotropics four genera and about 17 species. Placed in the Dicranaceae by past and some present authors. Snider (in Sharp et al., 1994; see general references) suggests that Eobruchia exhibits peristomal features similar to the Ptychomitrium. The conspicuous, elongate neck with numerous stomata is a distinctive feature of the family.


Esta familia, localizada en Dicranales, contiene cinco géneros con menos de 100 especies; en el Neotrópico cuatro géneros y ca. 17 especies. En Bolivia son aceptados un solo género y dos especies. El cuello conspicuo, alargado y con numerosos estomas es una característica distintiva de la familia.


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Plants very small to somewhat medium sized, solitary or forming short tufts. Stems short, simple or few branched by innovations. Leaves mostly progressively larger distally, lanceolate to narrowly lanceolate or subulate from an oblong or oblong-ovate base; margins plane or recurved, entire or distal tips serrulate; costa single, subpercurrent to short excurrent; laminal cells smooth. Gemmae absent. Autoicous. Sporophytes terminal; perichaetial leaves often larger and longer than stem leaves. Setae short to elongate, erect or curved to flexuose, smooth. Capsules immersed to exserted, urn obloid to pyriform with a neck distinctly elongate, occasionally as long or much longer than the urn; stomata numerous in neck region, superficial; annulus often well developed; opercula absent or present and rostrate; peristome absent or present with 16 teeth. Calyptrae cucullate or mitrate. Spores variously ornamented.


Plantas muy pequeñas hasta algo medianas, solitarias o formando manojos cortos, laxos. Tallos cortos, simples o poco ramificados por innovaciones. Hojas por lo general progresivamente mayores distalmente, lanceoladas hasta angostamente lanceoladas o subuladas desde una base oblonga u oblongo-ovada; márgenes planos o recurvados, enteros o extremos distales serrulados; costa simple, subpercurrente hasta corto-excurrente; células de la lámina lisas. Yemas ausentes. Autoicas. Esporofitos terminales; hojas periqueciales a menudo mayores y más largas. Setas cortas a alargadas, erectas o curvadas hasta flexuosas, lisas. Cápsulas inmersas hasta excertas, urna obloide hasta piriforme con el cuello conspicuamente alargado, ocasionalmente más largo o mucho más largo que la urna; numerosos estomas en la región del cuello, superficiales; anillo a menudo bien desarrollado; opérculo ausente o presente y rostrado; peristoma ausente o presente con 16 dientes. Caliptra cuculada o mitrada. Esporas diversamente ornamentadas.


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1. Capsule mostly exserted, short to long cylindrical; neck often longer than urn length; peristome absent or when present teeth vertically striate; calyptra cucullate; lowlands to low montane … Trematodon
1. Capsule immersed, emergent or slightly exserted, ovoid to short cylindrical; neck ca. equal to urn length; peristome absent or when present smooth at base, papillose distally; calyptra mitrate; páramo … Eobruchia
1. Cápsulas mayormente exsertas, corto a largo cilíndricas; cuello generalmente más largo que la urna; peristoma ausente o si presente dientes verticalmente estriados; caliptra cuculada … Trematodon
1. Cápsulas inmersas, emergentes o ligeramente exsertas, ovoides a corto cilíndricas; cuello aprox. igual a la longitud de la urna; peristoma ausente o si presente liso en la base, papiloso distalmente; caliptra mitrada … Eobruchia
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