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9. Andreaea megistospora B. M. Murray, Bryologist. 90: 18, figs. 9-23, 25-28. 1987.

Andreaea megistospora var. epapillosa (B. M. Murray) H. A. Crum & L. E. Anderson; A. megistospora subsp. epapillosa B. M. Murray

Plants brown to black. Leaves erect-spreading or secund, subulate-lanceolate from an ovate base, widest in proximal half of leaf, apex symmetric; costa present, percurrent and sometimes filling the leaf apices, strong but narrow, bulging abaxially, usually reaching the leaf insertion; leaf margins entire or occasionally weakly crenulate; basal laminal cells quadrate to short-rectangular, marginal cells mostly rounded-quadrate, walls weakly pitted-sinuose; medial laminal cells rounded-quadrate, 1-stratose or 2-stratose in patches or completely, lumens rounded; laminal papillae smooth to papillose. Sexual condition cladautoicous or gonioatoicous; perichaetial leaves differentiated, convolute-sheathing. Spores (40-)50-90(-110) ┬Ám.

Acidic rock; low to moderate elevations; B.C.; Alaska, Wash.; nw Europe.

Andreaea megistospora is distinguished from the similar A. rothii by its large spores, and may simply prove to be a large form of the latter. The variety epapillosa is a minor variant commonly occurring in mixture with the typical variety, and doubtfully warrants a name.


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