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22. Pleurochaete Lindb., Öfvers. Förh. Kongl. Svenska Vetensk.-Akad. 21:253. 1864.


Plants medium-sized to rather robust, greenish brown, in loose tufts. Stems erect, simple or branched; central strand present. Leaves densely arranged or rosulate at the branch tips, contorted-curved when dry, reflexed to squarrose when moist, ovate-lanceolate, sheathing at the base, gradually acuminate; margins wavy, slightly incurved, serrate in the upper half, entire in the lower half; costa stout, shortly excurrent; in cross section, with 2 stereid bands; upper leaf cells rounded-hexagonal, densely papillose on both sides; basal cells enlarged, rectangular, thin-walled, hyaline. Dioicous. Sporophytes terminal on lateral branches. Setae elongate, straight; capsules erect, oblong-ovoid to cylindrical; annuli differentiated, deciduous; opercula long conic rostrate; peristome teeth 32, twisted counterclockwise, densely papillose, basal membrane low. Calyptrae cucullate, smooth. Spores spherical, yellowish brown, papillose.

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