Ecology: Upper open montane and páramo; on rocks, often associated with streams or waterfalls. Elevation: 2700-4400 (Venezuela: 3800 m, Colombia: 2940-4200 m, Ecuador: 2700-4080 m, Bolivia: 3490-4400 m). Distribution: Circum-Antarctica (Colombia to Tierra del Fuego, Antarctic islands, South Africa, Australasia).
Blindia acuta (Hedw.) Bruch & Schimp. in Bruch, Schimp. & W. Gümbel of previous reports, cf. Bartlett and Vitt (1986); this species differs from B. magellanica principally by having an erect or flexuose seta when moist rather cygneous. Blindia curviseta Mitt. is a synonym.
Specimen: VENEZUELA. Mérida: Griffin 1333 (NY).