Papillaria flexicaulis

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Papillaria flexicaulis

Papillaria flexicaulis (Wils.) Jaeg., Ber. St. Gall. Naturw. Ges. 1875–1876:271, 1877 (Ad. 2:175).

Meteorium flexicaule Wils. in Hook. f., Fl. Nov. Zel. 2:101, 1854. [Original material: North Isl., New Zealand, coll. Dr. Stanger.]

Meteorium filipendulum Hook. f. & Wils., Fl. Tasm. 2:203, 1859. [Original material: Tasmania, coll. Gunn nos. 26, 1606, Lawrence s.n.]

Plants with secondary stems to 20 cm long, rather sparsely branched. Leaves not plicate, tightly appressed when dry; stem leaves ca. 1.5 mm long, 0.8 mm wide, lanceolate from broadly ovate base; branch leaves ca. 1.0 mm long, 0.45 mm wide, lanceolate; all leaves short-decurrent with smooth cells at extreme base, very broadly rounded to cordate above base; apex narrowly attenuate with a few short cells forming uniseriate tip; margin plane, minutely crenulate below, entire distally; median, upper, and lateral cells mostly 5–6 μm wide, 10–15 μm long, papillae in 2 rows; inner basal cells to 45 μm long. Setae 2–3 mm long. Capsule urn ca. 1.5 mm long; spores 16–20 μm in diameter, slightly papillose.

The species is known from Indonesia, Australia, Tasmania, New Zealand, and southern Chile. The species was reported from Mas Afuera by Bartram (1957) but no material has been seen.
bibliographic citation
Robinson, Harold E. 1975. "The mosses of Juan Fernandez Islands." Smithsonian Contributions to Botany. 1-88. https://doi.org/10.5479/si.0081024X.27