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Published In: Die Laubmoose Deutschlands, Oesterreichs und der Schweiz 1: 599. 1888. (Laubm. Deutschl.) Name publication detailView in Biodiversity Heritage Library

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Acceptance : Accepted
Note : By Richard H. Zander
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Discussion: The V-shaped border is easily distinguished in most species of Tortella, but this same character can be approached in Pseudosymblepharis and Oxystegus. Pleurochaete has hyaline cells extending beyond the shoulders as an extension of a basal border of thinner-walled cells.
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Plants loosely or densely caespitose. Stem simple or forked; central strand sometimes present. Leaves usually crisped and contorted when dry, lingulate to long-lanceolate from an oblong, erect base, obtuse to acute, often apiculate; margins plane, entire; costa shortly excurrent, with 2 well-developed stereid bands; upper cells rounded-hexagonal, green, densely papillose; basal cells lax and hyaline, abruptly differentiated in a V extending up the margins above the shoulders as a short or ± elongate border. Perichaetial leaves not much differentiated. Setae terminal, elongate; capsules erect or somewhat curved, cylindric; annulus present or lacking; operculum high-conic, with cells in counterclockwise-spiral rows; peristome teeth inserted near the mouth, orange-red, consisting of 32 linear, branched-spiculose divisions twisted counterclockwise. Calyptrae cucullate.



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