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Tortula deciduidentata (Sharp & Z. Iwatsuki) R.H. Zander, Bull. Buffalo Soc. Nat. Sci. 32: 223. 1993.

  • Crumia deciduidentata Sharp & Z. Iwatsuki

    Leaves ovate to elliptic, occasionally lingulate, apex broadly acute, bluntly acute and muticuous or ending in a truncate or constricted mucro (in perichaetial leaves), margins revolute in proximal 1/2--2/3 of leaf, weakly bordered in distal 2/3 of leaf with 2--6 rows of thicker-walled, smaller cells; costa subpercurrent or percurrent, occasionally excurrent, lacking an adaxial pad of cells, distally narrow, 2(--3) cells across adaxial surface; distal laminal cells hexagonal to short-rectangular, width 13--18(--25) µm, 1(--2):1, smooth. Sexual condition paroicous or autoicous. Sporophytes exerted. Seta 0.6--1 cm. Capsules stegocarpic, systylius and pushing the operculum off, cylindric, erect and nearly straight, urn 2.7--3.3 mm; peristome remaining in the operculum, delicate, teeth fragmentary, of somewhat twisted filaments, basal membrane low, hyaline; operculum ca. 1 mm. Spores 15--18 µm, spheric, finely papillose.

    Capsules mature July. Moist crevices, bayside bluff, hill in wet area; 0 m; endemic to Alaska, known only from the type locality at Moller Bay, Alaska, and Seguam I., Aleutians, T. P. Bank 966 (NY as Gymnostomum calareum).

    The perichaetial leaves have an excurrent costa with a truncate apex that appears apically discolored, but no deciduous parts were seen. This rare species is similar to Tortula cuneifolia var. blissii, and is further discussed with that taxon.


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