Amblystegium serpens

(Hedwig) Schimper in P. Bruch and W. P. Schimper

in P. Bruch and W. P. Schimper, Bryol. Europ. 6: 53. 1853

Selected by author to be illustrated
Basionyms: Hypnum serpens Hedwig Sp. Musc. Frond., 268. 1801
Synonyms: Amblystegium juratzkanum Schimper A. serpens var. juratzkanum (Schimper) Rau & Hervey
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 28. Treatment on page 301. Mentioned on page 305.
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Illustrator: Patricia M. Eckel
Plants in slender, soft mats. Stems creeping; central strand cells small, walls thin; axillary hair distal cells elongate. Stem and branch leaves similar, soft, not complanate, slightly concave; costa 10–30 µm wide at base; alar region reaching from margin 65% distance to costa at insertion; medial laminal cells 12–55 × 7–12 µm, 3–5:1, walls firm, slightly incrassate, eporose. Perichaetia with inner leaves suddenly narrowed to apex, plicate, apex acuminate. Seta reddish, elongate, 1–2.5 cm. Capsule 1.5–2 mm, neck well developed; operculum conic. Spores spheric, smooth to minutely papillose.

Habitat: Tree trunks, rotten wood, rock, soil, (sometimes salty) swamps to xeric habitats
Elevation: low to high elevations (0-3000 m)


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Greenland, Alta., B.C., Man., N.B., Nfld. and Labr., N.W.T., N.S., Nunavut, Ont., P.E.I., Que., Sask., Yukon, Alaska, Ariz., Ark., Calif., Colo., Conn., Del., Fla., Ga., Idaho, Ill., Ind., Iowa, Kans., Ky., La., Maine, Md., Mass., Mich., Minn., Miss., Mo., Mont., Nebr., Nev., N.H., N.J., N.Mex., N.Y., N.C., N.Dak., Ohio, Okla., Oreg., Pa., R.I., S.C., S.Dak., Tenn., Tex., Utah, Vt., Va., Wash., W.Va., Wis., Wyo., Mexico, Central America, South America, Europe, Asia, n Africa, Pacific Islands (New Zealand), Australia.


Variable features in Amblystegium serpens include the serration of the leaf margin, which ranges from entire to serrulate or even serrate; length of the costa, from very short (less than 1/5 of leaf length) to subpercurrent; the subquadrate to transversely elongate alar cells; and leaf stance, which ranges from erect to spreading. These last two characters have sometimes been used to recognize a separate taxon, var. juratzkanum. However, the continuous range of variation of these characters precludes any infraspecific division within A. serpens, which is a fairly well-circumscribed species with comparatively low levels of plasticity with regard to species of Hygroamblystegium.



Lower Taxa

No lower taxa listed.

Facts about "Amblystegium serpens"
AuthorAlain Vanderpoorten +
Authority(Hedwig) Schimper in P. Bruch and W. P. Schimper +
BasionymsHypnum serpens +
DistributionGreenland +, Alta. +, B.C. +, Man. +, N.B. +, Nfld. and Labr. +, N.W.T. +, N.S. +, Nunavut +, Ont. +, P.E.I. +, Que. +, Sask. +, Yukon +, Alaska +, Ariz. +, Ark. +, Calif. +, Colo. +, Conn. +, Del. +, Fla. +, Ga. +, Idaho +, Ill. +, Ind. +, Iowa +, Kans. +, Ky. +, La. +, Maine +, Md. +, Mass. +, Mich. +, Minn. +, Miss. +, Mo. +, Mont. +, Nebr. +, Nev. +, N.H. +, N.J. +, N.Mex. +, N.Y. +, N.C. +, N.Dak. +, Ohio +, Okla. +, Oreg. +, Pa. +, R.I. +, S.C. +, S.Dak. +, Tenn. +, Tex. +, Utah +, Vt. +, Va. +, Wash. +, W.Va. +, Wis. +, Wyo. +, Mexico +, Central America +, South America +, Europe +, Asia +, n Africa +, Pacific Islands (New Zealand) + and Australia. +
Elevationlow to high elevations (0-3000 m) +
HabitatTree trunks, rotten wood, rock, soil, (sometimes salty) swamps to xeric habitats +
IllustratorPatricia M. Eckel +
Publication titlein P. Bruch and W. P. Schimper, Bryol. Europ. +
Publication year1853 +
ReferenceNone +
Source xml grained fna xml/V28/V28 470.xml +
Special statusSelected by author to be illustrated +
SynonymsAmblystegium juratzkanum + and A. serpens var. juratzkanum +
Taxon familyAmblystegiaceae +
Taxon nameAmblystegium serpens +
Taxon parentAmblystegium +
Taxon rankspecies +
VolumeVolume 28 +