Monographs Details: Dicranodontium
Authority: Sharp, Aaron J., et al. 1994. The Moss Flora of Mexico. Part One: Sphagnales to Bryales. Mem. New York Bot. Gard. 69 (1)
Description:Genus Description - Plants in soft, silky, yellowish-brown to dark-green tufts, ± radiculose below. Leaves erect-flexuose to secund, deciduous, lance-subulate, with ± rough, setaceous points, subtubulose above, ± auriculate at base; costa about 1/3-1/2 the width of the leaf base, filling most of the subula and excurrent, ± rough at back above, with 2 stereid bands; alar cells usually sharply differentiated; basal cells broadly rectangular near the costa, narrower toward the margins; upper cells rectangular to linear, smooth or papillose because of projecting cell ends. Dioicous. Perichaetial leaves not notably differentiated. Setae single, slender, curved to geniculate or cygneous when moist, erect-sinuose when dry; capsules long-exserted, erect and symmetric, oblong-cylindric, smooth; annulus none; operculum long-rostrate; peristome teeth inserted slightly below the mouth, split or perforate nearly to the base, vertically striolate nearly to the tips (but not pitted-striolate). Spores spherical. Calyptrae cucullate, smooth, entire at base.