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13. Seligeria tristichoides Kindberg, Rev. Bryol. 23: 20. 1896.

Plants tiny, olive green to light green. Leaves lanceolate, to ovate-lanceolate, often stoutly subulate from broader base, narrowly obtuse to broadly acute; costa ending in apex or filling it; margins entire to crenulate; leaf cells (1-)2:1; perichaetial leaves larger and longer than vegetative leaves, somewhat differentiated. Seta 1-1.5 mm, slightly curved, stout. Capsule hemispheric to obovate-turbinate, flaring at mouth when old; peristome of 16, broad, well-developed teeth; columella exserted. Spores (15-)18-24 ┬Ám.

Calcareous cliffs; B.C., Nfld. and Labr. (Nfld.), N.W.T., N.S., Que., Yukon; Alaska, Colo., N.H., Vt.; Europe.

Seligeria tristichoides is relatively frequent in Alaska and western Canada, and is disjunct in Colorado, and in the east ranges from Newfoundland south to Vermont. This tiny gregarious species has a persistent columella and well-developed peristome. These features, along with the turbinate capsules and subulate vegetative leaves with costa filling the apex, are diagnostic. As the epithet attests, the leaves are often somewhat three-ranked.


 

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