Monographs Details: Lyngbya splendens N.L.Gardner
Authority: Gardner, Nathaniel L. 1927. New Myxophyceae from Porto Rico. Mem. New York Bot. Gard. 7: 1-144. pl. 1-23.
Description:Species Description - Filaments forming a thin pannose stratum on the surface of the soil, long, relatively straight, gently arcuate, 17-20 µ diam.; trichomes 14—16 µ diam., not constricted; apices not attenuated; cells one-fourth to three-fourths as long as broad, uniformly and very finely granular, color aeruginous, cross-walls very thin but distinct; apical cell rounded, at times slightly narrower; terminal wall not thickened; sheath thin, smooth, homogeneous, hyaline at first, changing to salmon-pink.
Distribution and Ecology - Growing on tree trunks on the way towards Monte Montoro, Maricao, no. 1072, type.
PLATE 9, FIGURE 81
Lyngbya splendens seems to be a very distinct species. The color of the sheath resembles that of some species of the genus P or phyro siphon, but structurally it is more like a typical Lyngbya sheath. The trichomes are typical of the genus Lyngbya, It is probably closely related to L. major.