Monographs Details: Conostomum
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 small to medium-sized (0.5-3 cm high), in dense, yellow-brown, green, or glaucous tufts, tomentose below, erect, simple or irregularly branched. Axillary hairs of 3 cells, the basal cell brown, the apical cell not differentiated. Leaves erect or appressed in 5 distinct rows (often spiraled when dry), lanceolate, acuminate; margins plane or slightly reflexed, entire serrulate above; costa excurrent to long-excurrent as an awn; cells rhomboidal to shortly elliptic, thin- to moderately thick-walled, smooth or ± papillose at upper ends; alar cells undifferentiated. Perichaetial leaves larger than stem leaves, with areolation laxer and costa more slender. Setae variable in length; capsules erect to nodding, symmetric to somewhat asymmetric, globose to subglobose, irregularly wrinkled to furrowed when dry; operculum conic-rostrate, the beak straight or obhque; peristome, if present, consisting of 16 linear-lanceolate teeth connivent at the tips, smooth or faintly papillose below. Spores large, nearly smooth to coarsely papillose.