Monographs Details: Nodularia epiphytica 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 aggregated into small masses or scattered more or less upon the host; mostly relatively straight but in part curved, 60-125 µ long, 4.7-5 µ diam.; trichomes 3-3.8 µ diam.; cells bright aeruginous, homogeneous, in part showing a clear central area, about one-half the diameter long, deeply constricted at dissepiments, making them short-dolioform; apical cell subspherical; heterocysts of the same shape and size as the cells, or in part larger, sparse, at times 2-3-seriate; sheath very nearly transparent, thin; spores unknown.
Distribution and Ecology - Growing on a very small species of Hepaticae on limestone, Hato Arriba, Arecibo, no. 1415 a, type; Coamo Springs, no. 282 d.
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It is unfortunate that the material is not producing resting spores so that the whole life history might be given of this very diminutive, though distinct, species of Nodularia. It apparently is closely related to N. Harveyana (Thwaites) Thuret, but has much shorter cells.