J. Sci. Arts (London)2(3): 144. 1816
Nearly worldwide, tropical to subarctic regions.
Species 45 (6 in the flora).
Tayloria is the only genus of the family to include both anemophilous and entomophilous taxa; it is also the most polymorphic morphologically. All North American species of Tayloria are anemophilous and none are coprophilous, although the plants often grow on nutrient-enriched substrates. The hypophysis of sporophytes of Tayloria is usually tapered and constricted when dry; the stem leaves are erect to wide-spreading and imbricate to somewhat contorted when dry; and the capsules are erect to suberect or slightly asymmetric.
|1||Leaves lingulate or rarely obovate to oblong; apices obtuse to rounded, occasionally bluntly acute; margins entire or sometimes with blunt teeth||> 2|
|1||Leaves obovate, oblong, or ovate-lanceolate, rarely lingulate; apices acute or acuminate, not broadly rounded, sometimes obtuse; margins serrate distally||> 4|
|2||Prostome present; setae slender, 1.5-4 cm.||Tayloria lingulata|
|2||Prostome absent; setae stout, to 1 cm||> 3|
|3||Leaves uniformly spaced along stem, slightly contorted when dry; columella included; hypophysis as long as urn; exostome teeth lanceolate, yellow to tan; operculum deciduous.||Tayloria froelichiana|
|3||Leaves crowded at stem and branch apices, stiffly erect-imbricate when dry; columella exserted; hypophysis longer than urn; exostome teeth truncate to obtuse, red to red-brown; operculum systylius.||Tayloria hornschuchii|
|4||Exostome teeth not split.||Tayloria serrata|
|4||Exostome teeth split at base into linear-lanceolate filaments||> 5|
|5||Plants 1-3 cm; leaf apices blunt or apiculate; setae 1.5-3 cm; capsule urns 2-3.5 mm when moist; columella exserted when dry; operculum long-conic.||Tayloria splachnoides|
|5||Plants 0.5-1 cm; leaf apices long-acuminate; setae 0.6-1.5 cm; capsule urns 0.8-2 mm when moist; columella not or barely exserted when dry; operculum short-conic.||Tayloria acuminata|
|Author||Paul C. Marino +|
|Etymology||For Thomas Taylor, 1775 – 1848, British bryologist and coauthor of the Muscologia Britannica +|
|Illustrator||Patricia M. Eckel +|
|Taxon name||Tayloria +|
|Taxon parent||Splachnaceae +|
|Taxon rank||genus +|
|Volume||Volume 28 +|