Philonotis cernua

(Wilson) D. G. Griffin & W. R. Buck

Bryologist 92: 376. 1989.

Basionym: Glyphocarpa cernua Wilson J. Bot. (Hooker) 3: 383. 1841
Synonyms: Bartramidula carolinae Flowers
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 28. Treatment on page 107. Mentioned on page 98, 106.

Plants small, delicate, in lax to dense tufts, glaucous or yellowish throughout. Stems 0.5(–2) cm, erect, simple; tomentose proximally. Leaves laxly erect-appressed, sometimes somewhat secund when dry, erect-spreading when moist, lanceolate, 0.5–1 mm; margins plane to weakly revolute, serrulate distally, teeth single; apex acute to acuminate; costa percurrent, abaxial surface rough; laminal cells prorulose at one or both ends; basal cells similar to distal cells, wider (6–8 µm); distal cells rectangular, 20–30 × 4–6 µm. Specialized asexual reproduction absent. Sexual condition synoicous. Seta 0.5–1.5 cm, curved. Capsule 0.8–1.5 mm, smooth to irregularly wrinkled when dry. Spores reniform, 36–44 µm.

Phenology: Capsules mature Mar–Oct.
Habitat: Wet acidic rock in mountains
Elevation: moderate elevations (1200-1500 m)


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N.C., Tenn., Mexico, Central America, South America, w Europe (United Kingdom).


Philonotis cernua is a diminutive species that is identified by its synoicous sexual state, globose, smooth to irregularly wrinkled capsules, and lack of a peristome.

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