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27. Scopelophila (Mitt.) Lindb., Acta Soc. Sci. Fenn. 10:269. 1872.


Plants small to medium-sized, sometimes to rather large, to 5 cm high, soft, yellowish green to brownish, in loose or dense tufts. Stems erect, simple or rarely branched by new growth; central strand absent. Leaves contorted-curved to strongly crisped when dry, spreading when moist, lingulate or ligulate to elliptic-lanceolate, narrowed at the base, obtuse to rounded apiculate or broadly acute; margins plane or somewhat recurved below, entire to crenulate or denticulate above, sometimes bordered by several rows of thicker walled cells; costa slender, percurrent or ending in a few cells below the apex; one stereid band present; upper leaf cells rounded quadrate to irregularly hexagonal, thin- to moderately thick-walled, smooth; basal cells rectangular, somewhat enlarged, thin-walled, smooth. Dioicous. Perichaetial leaves not much differentiated. Setae elongate, straight; capsules erect, oblong-ovoid to short-cylindrical; annuli differentiated, of 1–4 rows of vesiculose cells; opercula conic-rostrate, with an erect or oblique beak; peristome teeth absent. Calyptrae cucullate, smooth. Spores spherical, brownish, smooth or finely papillose.

1 Leaves acute to broadly acute, often strongly crisped when dry; margins not bordered   1 Scopelophila cataractae
+ Leaves obtuse to rounded apiculate, moderately contorted-curved when dry; margins often bordered by a few rows of thicker-walled cells   2 Scopelophila ligulata

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