(Bridel) Bridel

in H. G. L. Reichenbach, Consp. Regn. Veg., 32. 1828 ,.

Etymology: Greek erpo, creeping, alluding to growth habit
Basionym: Anoectangium subg. Erpodium Bridel Bryol. Univ. 2: 167. 1827
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 27. Treatment on page 471. Mentioned on page 470, 472.

Plants dull or shiny, light to dark green. Leaves ± monomorphic, spirally arranged, appressed or spreading and complanate when dry, spreading and often complanate when wet, bilaterally symmetric to asymmetric, ovate, elliptic, or lanceolate, rounded to obtuse, or acute, acuminate to subulate; laminal cells smooth or pluripapillose, distal cells rhombic to hexagonal, proximal cells oblate-oblong in several marginal rows. Perichaetial leaves enlarged or not, sheathing. Seta short, usually straight. Capsule immersed to shortly exserted, stomata few; annulus none to broad and persistent; peristome absent (or present); operculum usually rostrate. Calyptra mitrate, lobed at base, ± plicate.


North America, Mexico, West Indies, Central America, South America, Africa, Australia.


Species 17–24 (2 in the flora).

Selected References



1 Leaves hyaline-subulate; laminal cells smooth. Erpodium acrifolium
1 Leaves obtuse to rounded; laminal cells pluripapillose. Erpodium domingense
... more about "Erpodium"
Ronald A. Pursell +  and Bruce H. Allen +
(Bridel) Bridel +
Anoectangium subg. Erpodium +
North America +, Mexico +, West Indies +, Central America +, South America +, Africa +  and Australia. +
Greek erpo, creeping, alluding to growth habit +
in H. G. L. Reichenbach, Consp. Regn. Veg., +
Erpodium +
Erpodiaceae +