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20. Molendoa Lindb., Utkast Eur. Bladmoss. 1878.


Plants small to medium-sized to rather robust, (1.5–)3–15 cm high, bright green to yellowish green, in loose tufts. Stems erect, fragile, usually simple, rarely branched; triangular in cross section; central strand present. Leaves contorted-curved when dry, erectopatent when moist, broadly sheathing at the base, narrowly lanceolate above; costa stout, percurrent; upper leaf cells subquadrate to irregularly hexagonal, green, thick-walled, with several simple papillae; basal cells rectangular, smooth, usually hyaline. Dioicous. Setae elongate; capsules obovoid; opercula conic-rostrate, with a long, oblique beak, often persistent with columella; peristome teeth absent. Calyptrae cucullate, smooth. Spores spherical, yellowish brown, smooth or papillose.

1 Leaf apices blunt or rounded-obtuse; costa ending below the apex   2 Molendoa schliephackei
+ Leaf apices acute or acuminate; costa percurrent or shortly excurrent   (2)
2 (1) Leaves sheathing at the base, lower margins serrulate   1 Molendoa hornschuchiana
+ Leaves not sheathing at the base, margins entire throughout   (3)
3 (2) Plants to 5 cm high; leaf apex gradually acute; costa percurrent to shortly excurrent; upper leaf cells with several distinct simple papillae   3a var. sendtneriana
+ Plants (0.5-)1-2 cm high; leaf apex abruptly acuminate; costa never excurrent; upper leaf cells with indistinct small papillae or sometimes smooth   3b var. yunnanica

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