Erpodium

(Bridel) Bridel in H. G. L. Reichenbach

in H. G. L. Reichenbach, Consp. Regn. Veg., 32. 1828 ,

Etymology: Greek erpo, creeping, alluding to growth habit
Basionyms: Anoectangium subg. Erpodium Bridel
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 27. Treatment on page 471. Mentioned on page 470, 472.
Plants dull or shiny, light to dark green. Leaves ± monomorphic, spirally arranged, appressed or spreading and complanate when dry, spreading and often complanate when wet, bilaterally symmetric to asymmetric, ovate, elliptic, or lanceolate, rounded to obtuse, or acute, acuminate to subulate; laminal cells smooth or pluripapillose, distal cells rhombic to hexagonal, proximal cells oblate-oblong in several marginal rows. Perichaetial leaves enlarged or not, sheathing. Seta short, usually straight. Capsule immersed to shortly exserted, stomata few; annulus none to broad and persistent; peristome absent (or present); operculum usually rostrate. Calyptra mitrate, lobed at base, ± plicate.

Distribution

North America, Mexico, West Indies, Central America, South America, Africa, Australia.

Discussion

Species 17–24 (2 in the flora).

References

None.

Lower Taxa

Key

1 Leaves hyaline-subulate; laminal cells smooth. Erpodium acrifolium
1 Leaves obtuse to rounded; laminal cells pluripapillose. Erpodium domingense