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Sphagnum perfoliatum L. I. Savicz-Lubitskaya, Not. Syst. Sect. Crypt. Inst. Bot. Komar. Acad. Sci. URSS. 7: 208. 1951.

Authors: Richard E. Andrus

Plants moderate-sized, upright$ but weak-stemmed; golden-brown to dark brown; capitulum distinct and often with strongly curved branches. Stems brownish to dark brown; superficial cortex of 1 layer of enlarged, thin-walled cells. Stem leaves triangular-lingulate to lingulate; 0.8--1.2 mm; apex rounded and sometimes erose; hyaline cells non-septate or sometimes septate, usually fibrillose in distal 1/2 of leaf, convex surface with very small pores (ca 2 µm) along commisures and free, concave surface with fewer commissural pores. Branches turgid and often strongly curved. Branch fascicles with 2 spreading and 2 pendent branches. Branch leaves ovate-lanceolate; 1.4 or more mm; mostly subsecund; hyaline cells on convex surface with numerous small (2 µm or more) pores along the commissures and sometimes free, concave surface with no pores or fewer small pores along the commissures. Sexual condition not known. Capsules not seen. Spores not seen.

For ecology, see discussion of S. orientale; N.W.T.; Alaska; Asia.

Sporophytes of this species are apparently rare. Additonal comments are with the discussion of S. orientale.


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