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2. Barbella M. Fleischer ex Brotherus in H. G. A. Engler and K. Prantl, Nat. Pflanzenfam. 226[I,3]: 823, fig. 613. 1906. • [Latin barba, beard, and -ella, diminutive, alluding to pendent secondary stems].

Plants small, green [yellowish]. Stems loosely foliate, irregularly branched, branches elongate, pendent, loosely foliate; axillary hairs of 4-7 short cells, proximal cells light brown in older leaf axils. Stem leaves loosely imbricate, triangular-acuminate; base not auriculate; margins plane, serrate; costa slender, rarely ecostate; alar cells differentiated; medial laminal cells linear, not in rows diverging from costa, seriate-papillose or rarely smooth. Branch leaves spreading-complanate proximally, smaller and loosely imbricate distally; apex 1-seriate, filiform. Sexual condition autoicous [dioicous]. Capsule exserted, ovoid [ovoid-cylindric]; operculum short-rostrate; exostome teeth papillose or rarely smooth; endostome segments papillose, cilia rudimentary or absent. Calyptra naked [pilose]. Spores smooth or granular.

Species ca. 40 (1 in the flora): nearly worldwide; tropical and subtropical regions.

SELECTED REFERENCE Reese, W. D. 1966. Barbella pendula (Sull.) Fleisch., a review of its distribution and comments on related species. Bryologist 69: 208-213.

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