Muscol. Recent., suppl.4: 71. 1818 ,
North America, Mexico, West Indies, Central America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Atlantic Islands, Pacific Islands, Australia.
Species ca. 180 (17 in the flora).
The North American species of Campylopus were revised by J.-P. Frahm (1980) based on a study of more than 1000 herbarium specimens. At that time, four species of Campylopus were recorded as new to North America and two species were placed into synonymy. The most recent checklist of the mosses of North America (L. E. Anderson et al. 1990) lists 18 species. Of these, the record of C. zygodonticarpus is based on a misidentification and C. paradoxus is a superfluous name for C. flexuosus, which is also included in the list. Since that time, C. japonicus has been newly recorded for North America, resulting in a total of 17 species, and new names have been introduced for C. aureus, C. japonicus, and C. schwarzii.
Campylopus was formerly divided into three subgenera on the basis of morphology of the transverse section of the costa. Although this classification is no longer used, the anatomy of the costa is still an important character for identification. It is, however, not in all cases necessary to prepare cross sections. The presence of adaxial stereids or hyalocysts can also be observed under the microscope by surface view of the adaxial side of the costa. Since the perichaetial leaves vary in both form and by the presence of thin-walled cells walls in species that usually have thick-walled cells, the study of such characters should be avoided. Alar cells are generally also not a valuable character in Campylopus; they are little differentiated in plants growing in damp habitats but are well developed in plants in exposed habitats with water uptake from the underground. The same is true for the presence or absence of a tomentum. Identification is facilitated if the ranges of the species are considered. Many species are found only very locally.
Campylopus zygodonticarpus (Müller Hal.) Paris
L. E. Anderson et al. (1990) in their most recent checklist of the mosses of North America listed this species, based on a specimen (Anderson 26656, DUKE) collected in Mississippi in 1992, consisting of C. tallulensis.
Campylopus subporodictyon (Brotherus) B. H. Allen & Ireland
Known in North America only from British Columbia, this species has recently been transferred to Campylopus from Dicranoweisia.
|1||Leaf tips ending in a hyaline hairpoint||> 2|
|1||Leaf tips concolorous||> 8|
|2||Hairpoints reflexed.||Campylopus introflexus|
|2||Hairpoints straight||> 3|
|3||Basal laminal cells thick-walled, chlorophyllose, subquadrate to short-rectangular (2:1)||> 4|
|3||Basal laminal cells thin-walled, hyaline, long-rectangular (more than 4:1)||> 5|
|4||Distal laminal cells vermicular.||Campylopus atrovirens|
|4||Distal laminal cells rectangular.||Campylopus sinensis|
|5||Abaxial side of costa lamellose with lamellae 3-4 cells high.||Campylopus pilifer|
|5||Abaxial side of costa smooth or ridged||> 6|
|6||Distal laminal cells oval to elongate oval.||Campylopus schmidii|
|6||Distal laminal cells rectangular to obliquely rectangular||> 7|
|7||Distal laminal cells 4-6:1, plants less than 1 cm, leaves 2.5-4 mm, transverse section of costa with adaxial stereids.||Campylopus carolinae|
|7||Distal laminal cells 1.5-2:1, plants to 3 cm, transverse section of costa with adaxial hyalocysts.||Campylopus oerstedianus|
|8||Leaf tips cucullate.||Campylopus atrovirens|
|8||Leaf tips plane||> 9|
|9||Basal laminal cell walls thick-walled, chlorophyllose||> 10|
|9||Basal laminal cells thin-walled, hyaline||> 13|
|10||Basal laminal cells pitted; transverse section of costa showing adaxial stereids||Campylopus arctocarpus|
|10||Basal laminal cells with smooth walls; transverse section of costa showing adaxial hyalocysts||> 11|
|11||Distal laminal cells 6-10:1; plants distantly foliate with spreading leaves.||Campylopus angustiretis|
|11||Distal laminal cells shorter; plants densely foliate with appressed leaves||> 12|
|12||Distal laminal cells short, subquadrate to rhombic; plants equally foliate||Campylopus flexuosus|
|12||Distal laminal cells short- to long-rectangular or oblique, 2-4(-6):1; plants in small rosettes or with appressed foliate leaves in a terminal comal tuft.||Campylopus surinamensis|
|13||Costa occupying 3/5-4/5 of leaf width.||Campylopus gracilis|
|13||Costa 1/2 of leaf width||> 14|
|14||Distal laminal cells rectangular, ca. 4:1||> 15|
|14||Distal laminal cells shorter||> 16|
|15||Plants in small rosettes; leaves long-subulate.||Campylopus pyriformis|
|15||Plants in dense cushions; leaves shortly pointed.||Campylopus schimperi|
|16||Leaves widest below mid leaf; basal and distal laminal cells sharply differentiated; specialized asexual reproduction frequently by boomerang-shaped brood leaves.||Campylopus fragilis|
|16||Leaves widest at leaf base; basal and distal laminal cells not sharply delimited; specialized asexual reproduction occasionally by deciduous stem tips||> 17|
|17||Costa in transverse section without abaxial stereids.||Campylopus subulatus|
|17||Costa in transverse section showing distinct groups of abaxial stereids.||Campylopus tallulensis|