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23. Pottia (Reichenb.) Fuernr., Flora. 12(2 Erg.):10. 1829.


Plants small, 3–6(–10) mm high, in dense tufts. Stems very short, erect, simple, rarely branched; central strand present. Leaves often crowded at the stem tips, ovate to oblong-ovate, or elliptic, ligulate, apiculate to shortly awned, rarely rounded-obtuse at the apex; margins plane or slightly incurved, usually entire, sometimes crenulate to serrulate above; costa percurrent to shortly excurrent; in cross section with only dorsal stereid band; upper leaf cells quadrate to hexagonal, pluripapillose on both sides, rarely smooth; basal cells rectangular, smooth. Dioicous or autoicous. Perichaetial leaves similar to stem leaves. Setae elongate or short; capsules ovoid or obovoid, mostly exserted; annuli present or absent; opercula conic-rostrate, shortly apiculate to rostrate, sometimes persistent with columella; peristome teeth absent or rudimentary, or rarely consisting of 16 irregularly 2–3 forked, perforate teeth. Calyptrae cucullate, smooth. Spores spherical, yellowish brown, papillose.

1 Leaf margins plane; the mouth of capsules widely open, capsules ovoid; peristome teeth absent; opercula persistent with columella   3 Pottia truncata
+ Leaf margins incurved; the mouth of capsules narrowed, capsules constracted, obovoid; peristome teeth present; opercula falling apart from columella   (2)
2 (1) Leaves broadly ovate; peristome teeth rudimentary, very short   1 Pottia intermedia
+ Leaves rounded obovate; peristome teeth elongate, linear-lanceolate   2 Pottia lanceolata

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