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Bruchia sullivanti

Comprehensive Description

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Bruchia sullivanti Aust. Bull. Torrey Citib 6 : 143. 1877
Bruchia flexuosa SuU. in A. Gray, Man. 645, in part. 1848. Not B. flexuosa C. Mull. 1847.
Plants densely gregarious and abundantly fruiting, in light-yellow patches; stems short, almost acaulescent, or taller, 2-3 mm. high: leaves crowded at the summit of the stem, 1-2 mm. long, broadly ovate at the base, abruptly subulate ; costa narrower at the base, broader above, nearly filling the subpapillose, secund or flexuose point; margins entire or irregularly serrulate, often incurved; basal cells lax and large, gradually smaller and less regular to the base of the awn; perichaetial leaves longest, equaling or exceeding the seta. Autoicous: antheridia in lateral or basal buds with 2 or 3 long bracts: seta erect or curved, 1-2 mm. long, stout: calyptra apical, nearly smooth, and lobed: capsule pyriform, 1-1.5 mm. long, yellow or brown; beak long, straight; neck about half the length of the capsule, stomatose: spores yellow, densely spinose, 25-40 ^i in diameter, rarely larger, maturing in June and July.
Type locality: Closter, New Jersey.
Distribution: In wet fields, meadows and broken ground, Maine to Florida, Minnesota, and Louisiana.
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Albert LeRoy Andrews, Elizabeth Gertrude Britton, Julia Titus Emerson. 1961. SPHAGNALES-BRYALES; SPHAGNACEAE; ANDREAEACEAE, ARCHIDIACEAE, BRUCHIACEAE, DITRICHACEAE, BRYOXIPHIACEAE, SELIGERIACEAE. North American flora. vol 15(1). New York Botanical Garden, New York, NY
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