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24. Pseudosymblepharis Broth., Nat. Pflanzenfam., ed. 2. 10:261. 1924.


Plants medium-sized to rather large, 3–8 cm high, in loose tufts. Stems erect, usually branched at the upper part, densely foliate; central strand present or absent. Leaves contorted-curved to strongly crisped when dry, erect- to curved-spreading when moist, narrowly lanceolate, sheathing at the base, gradually acuminate; margins plane, entire; costa slender to stout, percurrent to excurrent in a short or long awn; in cross section, with 2 stereid bands; upper leaf cells green, quadrate to irregularly hexagonal, moderately thick to thick-walled, with several simple or branched papillae in each cell; basal cells quadrate to rectangular, smooth, hyaline, differentiated basal cells extending up both sides at margins forming a V-shaped region. Dioicous. Setae slender; capsules erect, cylindrical; peristome teeth 16, rather short, lanceolate, straight; annuli differentiated, of 2–4 rows of cells, deciduous; opercula conic-rostrate. Calyptrae cucullate, smooth. Spores spherical, yellowish brown, papillose.

Pseudosymblepharis is mostly found in tropical and warm-temperate regions. Zander (1993) accepted 11 species in the genus. Two of them occur in China.

1 Leaves strongly crisped, 4.0-7.5 mm long, 0.8-1.0 mm wide at base; costa excurrent in a long awn; stem central strand present   1 Pseudosymblepharis angustata
+ Leaves moderately crisped, 1.5-3.5 mm long, ca. 0.4 mm wide at base; costa excurrent in a short awn; stem central strand absent   2 Pseudosymblepharis duriuscula

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