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Moss China | Family List | Moss China V. 1 | Ditrichaceae | Ditrichum

2. Ditrichum brevidens Nog., J. Jap. Bot. 20 (5): 255. 1944.


Plants minute to medium-sized, 0.3–3.0 cm high, yellowish green, in dense tufts. Stems erect, simple, or sparsely branched. Leaves erect-appressed when dry, erect-spreading when moist, the upper leaves larger, 2.0–2.1 mm long, the lower ones 1.0–1.4 mm long, gradually to rather abruptly narrowed from an ovate base to a setaceous to subulate acumen; margins plane, entire; costa stout, percurrent to shortly excurrent; upper cells (shoulder cells) short-rectangular, 13–26 µm × 5–7 µm, thin-walled; basal cells elongate, rectangular, 20–40 µm × 8–12 µm, thin-walled, pellucid. Dioicous. Setae straight, ca. 1 cm long, yellowish; capsules erect to suberect, oblong-cylindric, ca. 2.4 mm × 0.5–0.6 mm, yellowish brown, contracted at the mouth; opercula short, conic-rostrate; annuli in 2 rows of large, thick-walled cells, deciduous; peristome teeth short, linear, 80–100 µm long, undivided, reddish brown, densely papillose. Spores 10–13 µm in diameter, nearly smooth.

Type. China: Taiwan, Tai-nan Co., Noguchi 6352 (holotype NICH).

Specimens examined: SICHUAN: Mu-li Co., C. Gao et al. 20458, 20482 (IFSBH). YUNNAN: Bin-chuan Co., M.-K. Cui 870c (YUKU).

Habitat: on soil in alpine grasslands; Distribution: endemic to China.

Illustrations: Pl. 17, figs. 1–11.


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