Brotherella recurvans

(Michaux) M. Fleischer

Nova Guinea 12: 120. 1914.

Basionym: Leskea recurvans Michaux Fl. Bor.-Amer. 2: 311. 1803
Synonyms: Brotherella delicatula (James) M. Fleischer Rhynchostegium delicatulum James
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 28. Treatment on page 578.

Plants medium-sized, in dense mats, pale green to yellow-green. Stems 2–6 cm, 1.5–2 mm wide across main leafy shoot, markedly complanate-foliate, subpinnate to irregularly branched, strongly falcate-secund toward substrate at stem and branch apices; pseudoparaphyllia narrowly to lanceolate-filamentous. Leaves falcate-secund, ovate, tapering to apex, 1–1.5 mm; margins toothed in acumen; alar cells 3 or 4, yellowish. Sexual condition dioicous. Seta light brown, 1–1.5 cm. Capsule inclined, oblong-cylindric, somewhat asymmetric; operculum short-rostrate.

Phenology: Capsules mature late fall.
Habitat: Logs, humus, tree trunks, rock, forests
Elevation: low to high elevations


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N.B., Nfld. and Labr. (Nfld.), N.S., Ont., P.E.I., Que., Ala., Conn., Ga., Ill., Ind., Iowa, Maine, Md., Mass., Mich., Minn., Mo., N.H., N.J., N.Y., N.C., Ohio, Pa., S.C., Tenn., Vt., Va., W.Va., Wis.


Brotherella recurvans resembles Pseudotaxiphyllum elegans (Hypnaceae) superficially, but is generally larger and has inflated alar cells and a toothed apiculus. Branches and main shoots of B. recurvans bear leaves of similar size and areolation, and branching tends to be irregular. The laminal cells are usually linear to sinuate-linear.

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Lower Taxa

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Wilfred B. Schofield† +
(Michaux) M. Fleischer +
Leskea recurvans +
N.B. +, Nfld. and Labr. (Nfld.) +, N.S. +, Ont. +, P.E.I. +, Que. +, Ala. +, Conn. +, Ga. +, Ill. +, Ind. +, Iowa +, Maine +, Md. +, Mass. +, Mich. +, Minn. +, Mo. +, N.H. +, N.J. +, N.Y. +, N.C. +, Ohio +, Pa. +, S.C. +, Tenn. +, Vt. +, Va. +, W.Va. +  and Wis. +
low to high elevations +
Logs, humus, tree trunks, rock, forests +
Capsules mature late fall. +
Nova Guinea +
Brotherella delicatula +  and Rhynchostegium delicatulum +
Brotherella recurvans +
Brotherella +
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