Aulacomnium androgynum

(Hedwig) Schwagrichen

Sp. Musc. Frond. Suppl. 3(1,1,Aulacomnion): 2. 1827

EndemicSelected by author to be illustrated
Basionyms: Bryum androgynum Hedwig Sp. Musc. Frond., 178. 1801
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 28. Treatment on page 93. Mentioned on page 92.
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Illustrator: Patricia M. Eckel
Plants 1–2 cm, in erect, basal tufts or cushions, green or brownish green. Stems yellow or brownish green; cross section irregularly pentagonal, cortical cells in 2–4 layers, medulla cell walls thick or thin, central strand cells small; rhizoids between leaves near base of plants. Leaves distant near base of plants, more congested toward apex, not much different when dry or moist, oblong-lanceolate, widest above base, somewhat concave to keeled; base slightly rounded to insertion; margins revolute to mid leaf, weakly serrulate proximally, irregularly serrulate toward apex; apex acute; costa flexuose; laminal cells round or nearly oblong, papillae blunt; basal cells 1-stratose, hyaline. Specialized asexual reproduction by small fusiform propagula in tight globose cluster. Perigonia budlike in series down stem; paraphyses of 7–10 cells. Perichaetia with paraphyses of 9–12 cells. Seta 1–1.5 cm. Capsule suberect or horizontal, 2.5–3 mm; operculum conic, rostrum short, blunt; endostome cilia nodose. Spores 10–20 µm, smooth.

Habitat: Organic soil, rotting logs, mineral soil over rock
Elevation: low to moderate elevations

Distribution

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B.C., N.B., Nfld. and Labr. (Nfld.), N.S., Ont., P.E.I., Que., Alaska, Calif., Colo., Idaho, Ill., Maine, Mich., Mont., N.H., N.Y., Oreg., S.Dak., Wash., W.Va., Wyo.

Discussion

The propagula of Aulacomnium androgynum, borne in spheric clusters at the ends of naked branches, are a distinguishing feature. This is the only species of Aulacomnium with small lanceolate leaves that are serrulate mainly beyond mid leaf and shortly rounded at the insertion. The species also lacks a hyalodermis. The distal laminal cells of A. androgynum are round or ± oblong, 1-papillose on abaxial and adaxial walls, with blunt, long papillae and thick walls. The basal laminal cells of the inner perigonial leaves are elongate to rhomboidal, large, and smooth.

References

None.

Lower Taxa

No lower taxa listed.

AuthorNorton G. Miller† +
Authority(Hedwig) Schwagrichen +
BasionymsBryum androgynum +
DistributionB.C. +, N.B. +, Nfld. and Labr. (Nfld.) +, N.S. +, Ont. +, P.E.I. +, Que. +, Alaska +, Calif. +, Colo. +, Idaho +, Ill. +, Maine +, Mich. +, Mont. +, N.H. +, N.Y. +, Oreg. +, S.Dak. +, Wash. +, W.Va. + and Wyo. +
Elevationlow to moderate elevations +
HabitatOrganic soil, rotting logs, mineral soil over rock +
IllustratorPatricia M. Eckel +
Publication titleSp. Musc. Frond. Suppl. +
Publication year1827 +
ReferenceNone +
Source xmlhttps://jpend@bitbucket.org/aafc-mbb/fna-data-curation.git/src/f6b125a955440c0872999024f038d74684f65921/coarse grained fna xml/V28/V28 143.xml +
Special statusEndemic + and Selected by author to be illustrated +
SynonymsOrthopixis + and Sphaerocephalus +
Taxon familyAulacomniaceae +
Taxon nameAulacomnium androgynum +
Taxon parentAulacomnium +
Taxon rankspecies +
VolumeVolume 28 +