Sematophyllum subpinnatum

(Bridel) E. Britton

Bryologist 21: 28. 1918

Selected by author to be illustrated
Synonyms: Sematophyllum caespitosum (Swartz) Mitten
Basionyms: Leskea subpinnata Bridel
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 28. Treatment on page 574. Mentioned on page 575.
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Plants small to medium-sized, green or yellowish, dull. Stems 0.3–0.6 cm, branches reclining. Leaves homomallous, ovate to oblong-lanceolate, tapering abruptly to apex, 0.5–1.1 mm; margins reflexed; apex short-acuminate; alar cells somewhat enlarged, not inflated, light brown, in 1 row, supra-alar cells in several rows, quadrate; laminal cells rhomboidal to elliptic. Specialized asexual reproduction absent. Seta 0.5–1 cm. Capsule suberect, 1–1.5 mm.

Phenology: Capsules mature winter.
Habitat: Logs, bark of trees, humid forests, soil
Elevation: low elevations


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Fla., La., Mexico, West Indies, Central America, South America, e Asia, Africa, Pacific Islands (Hawaii), Australia.


Sematophyllum subpinnatum sometimes persists briefly in greenhouses.



Lower Taxa

No lower taxa listed.