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Didymodon maximus (H. Syed & Crundwell) M. O. Hill, J. Bryol. 11: 599. 1981 [1982].

  • Barbula maxima H. Syed & Crundwell [new name for Barbula reflexa var. robusta Braithwa]

    Plants green to red-brown. Stems often more than 3 cm, central strand present. Stem leaves appressed when dry, strongly recurved and keeled when moist, monomorphic, ovate-triangular, adaxially grooved along costa, 2--2.5 mm, base scarcely differentiated in shape to ovate, margins nearly plane to recurved at midleaf, entire, apex broadly acute; costa percurrent to short-excurrent, not fragile, weakly tapering, widened pad of cells absent, adaxial costal cells elongate, 2--3 cells wide at midleaf, guide cells in 1 layer; basal laminal cells differentiated medially, rectangular, walls thickened and often porose; distal laminal cells 13--15 ┬Ám wide, 1:1, papillae usually present, simple, often large, 1--3 centered over lumens, lumens angular, walls irregularly thickened and often trigonous but trigones smaller than lumens, convex on both sides, 1-stratose. Specialized asexual reproduction absent. Sexual condition sterile in range of flora. Sporophyte unknown. Distal laminal KOH reaction dark red.

    Cliffs, outcrops, canyons, limestone, tundra meadow; 20--1220 m elevation; Nun. (Bathurst I.); Alaska; w Europe.

    This taxon is rare and apparently disjunctive to the western British Isles (W. C. Steere and G. W. Scotter 1978).


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