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Published In: Bericht über die Thätigkeit der St. Gallischen Naturwissenschaftlichen Gesellschaft 1873–74: 98 (Gen. Sp. Musc. 1: 560). 1875. (Ber. Thätigk. St. Gallischen Naturwiss. Ges.) Name publication detail

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Status: endemic
Plant Category: Mosses
country distribution: Ecuador
EcoRegions: Montane Forest
elevation: 2500-3000
substrate: soil, leaf litter / humus
frequency: rare

Notes     (Last Modified On 10/1/2017)

Ecology: Montane forest; on leaf litter, humus and soil. Elevation: 2740 m. Distribution: Endemic to the tropical Andes (Ecuador).
Breutelia aciphylla is by far the largest species in the tropical Andes. The species is characterized by leaves to 12 mm long, 2 mm wide near base, narrowly lanceolate from a short ovate, rusty red base, gradually long acuminate, margins subentire (weakly dentate), laminal cells porose, basal cells at margin enlarged, in ca. 4 (3-5) rows, extending to about the mid length of the expanded ovate leaf base. The collection reported from Colombia (Cauca: Churchill & Betancur 18136; FLAS, HUA, MO, NY) is not B. aciphylla.


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Breutelia aciphylla (Wilson) A. Jaeger, Ber. Thätigk. St. Gallischen Naturwiss. Ges. 1873-74: 98. 1875. Bartramia aciphylla Wilson in Mitt., Hooker’s J. Bot. Kew Gard. Misc. 3: 356. 1851. Type: Ecuador. Andes Quitenses, Jameson 106 (NY, S).




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