Barbula indica var. gregaria

(Mitten) R. H. Zander

Cryptog. Bryol. Lichénol. 2: 6. 1981,.

Basionym: Tortula gregaria J. Proc. Linn. Soc., Bot., suppl. 1: 29. 1859
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 27. Treatment on page 533.

Leaves broadly ovate, margins plane. Specialized asexual reproduction by massive, brown, elliptic to spheric, many-celled gemmae occurring singly or very few together in distal leaf axils, of up to 50 cells, 95–300 µm.

Habitat: Soil
Elevation: moderate elevations (1600 m)


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Alta., Mexico, West Indies (Dominican Republic), Central America (Panama), South America (Colombia).


Variety gregaria is known in the flora area from only two, nonfruiting collections (see R. H. Zander 1979). The costa in the Alberta collection ends before the rounded apex; Mexican specimens generally have, however, apiculate leaves like those of the typical variety.

Selected References


Lower Taxa

Richard H. Zander +
(Mitten) R. H. Zander +
Tortula gregaria +
Alta. +, Mexico +, West Indies (Dominican Republic) +, Central America (Panama) +  and South America (Colombia). +
moderate elevations (1600 m) +
Cryptog. Bryol. Lichénol. +
Barbula indica var. gregaria +
Barbula indica +
variety +