Aloina brevirostris

(Hooker & Greville) Kindberg

Bih. Kongl. Svenska Vetensk.-Akad. Handl. 7(9): 137. 1883,

Basionyms: Tortula brevirostris Hooker & Greville Edinburgh J. Sci. 1: 289, plate 12. 1824
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 27. Treatment on page 616. Mentioned on page 615, 617.
Plants 0.5–2 mm. Leaves lingulate to suborbicular, 0.5–1.5 mm, margins entire, undulate-denticulate distally, differentiated at base, apex cucullate to nearly open; costa subpercurrent, filaments of 2–5 cells, cells subspheric to cylindric; cells of leaf base 13–66 µm, medial and distal cells 13–40 µm, papillae none. Sexual condition synoicous or dioicous. Seta 6–17 mm. Capsule urn cylindric, 1–2 mm; operculum conic, short-rostrate, erect or inclined, 0.5–1 mm; peristome 250–900 µm, twisted. Spores 15–25 µm.

Phenology: Capsules mature (Mar-)May–Aug.
Habitat: Bare or disturbed soil or silt, roadside banks, calcareous boulders or gravel
Elevation: low to moderate elevations (100-1500 m)


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Greenland, Alta., B.C., Man., N.W.T., Nunavut, Ont., Yukon, Alaska, Mont., Europe, Asia (Siberia).


The leaves of Aloina brevirostris are usually short, and cucullate with a reduced lamina; forms with larger laminae may be confused with A. rigida, but the synoicous condition and the cylindric capsules with a conical operculum are diagnostic. The latter species is dioicous, and has ovoid-cylindrical capsules with a long-rostrate operculum.

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Lower Taxa


Facts about "Aloina brevirostris"
AuthorClaudio Delgadillo M. +
Authority(Hooker & Greville) Kindberg +
BasionymsTortula brevirostris +
DistributionGreenland +, Alta. +, B.C. +, Man. +, N.W.T. +, Nunavut +, Ont. +, Yukon +, Alaska +, Mont. +, Europe + and Asia (Siberia). +
Elevationlow to moderate elevations (100-1500 m) +
HabitatBare or disturbed soil or silt, roadside banks, calcareous boulders or gravel +
Illustration copyrightFlora of North America Association +
IllustratorPatricia M. Eckel +
PhenologyCapsules mature (Mar-)May–Aug. +
Publication titleBih. Kongl. Svenska Vetensk.-Akad. Handl. +
ReferenceNone +
Source xml grained fna xml/V27/V27 898.xml +
Taxon familyPottiaceae +
Taxon nameAloina brevirostris +
Taxon parentAloina +
Taxon rankspecies +
VolumeVolume 27 +