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Lindbergia Kindberg, Eur. N. Amer. Bryin. 1: 13. 1897.
[for Sextus Otto Lindberg, 1835--1889, Scandinavian bryologist]

Paul L. Redfearn, Jr.

Plants slender, irregularly branched, in loose mats, dull, dark-green to yellowish or brownish. Pseudoparaphyllia foliose, few or lacking. Leaves of stems and branches similar, crowded, imbricate when dry, wide-spreading to squarrose when moist, ± concave, ovate, ovate-lanceolate to lanceolate, not plicate; margins ± decurrent, entire or faintly serrulate near apex; costa strong, ending below the leaf apex; cells rounded-hexagonal or rhombic, cell walls firm or thickened, smooth or 1-papillose over lumen. Sexual condition autoicous. Perichaetial leaves pale, erect, long acuminate from a sheathing base; margins entire or finely toothed; costa short; cells long and smooth. Seta 6--8 mm, yellow-brown. Capsule erect, symmetric, oblong-cylindric or weakly curved, narrower at mouth, brownish; annulus sometimes differentiated; operculum conic, blunt; peristome inserted below mouth, teeth lanceolate, blunt, fused at base, pale or yellow, ± papillose, not striolate, with low trabeculae at back at base; endostome a low, finely papillose membrane. Calyptra smooth, naked. Spores 18-24 µm, smooth to roughened.

Species ca. 18 (2 in the flora); temperate, tropical, North America, Eurasia, Africa, Asia, Pacific Islands (New Zealand).

Lindbergia is distinguished from other members of the Leskeaceae by leaves that are wide-spreading to squarrose when moist, short leaf cells, and more or less erect capsules with the endostome reduced to a low membrane.


Crum, H. A. 1956. Lindbergia in North America. Bryologist 59: 203--212. Crum, H. and L. E. Anderson. 1981. Mosses of Eastern North America. 2 vols. New York. Vol. 2, pp. 854--856. Crum, H. A. and W. R. Buck. 1994. Lindbergia. In A. J. Sharp et al., eds. 1994. The Moss Flora of Mexico. 2 vols. Bronx. Vol. 2, pp. 853--857.

Version 1: November, 2000

1 Branches subjulaceous when dry, often curved, brood branches absent; costa broad, extending nearly to apex; leaf cells indistinctly papillose.   Lindbergia mexicana
+ Branches not subjulaceous when dry, more or less straight, dense clusters of brood branches often present in leaf axils, costa slender, 1/2--2/3 length of leaf; leaf cells bluntly 1-papillose.   Lindbergia brachyptera

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