Monographs Details: Philonotis
Authority: Sharp, Aaron J., et al. 1994. The Moss Flora of Mexico. Part One: Sphagnales to Bryales. Mem. New York Bot. Gard. 69 (1)
Scientific Name:Philonotis
Description:Genus Description - Plants small and delicate to robust, green, yellow-green, or glaucous, dull or somewhat shiny. Stems erect or loosely ascending, occasionally prostrate, usually with subfloral whorls of branches, often tomentose below or throughout. Axillary hairs of 2 or more cells, the basal cell often brown, the apical cell globose. Leaves often dimorphous (the comal leaves larger and longer-pointed), appressed when dry or, more rarely, wide-spreading, usually lanceolate, the base not plicate, sheathing, or shouldered; margins plane or revolute, singly or doubly toothed; costa subpercurrent to long-excurrent; upper cells quadrate to linear, typically papillose at the ends, rarely papillose over the lumina or smooth; alar cells often larger and laxer but not forming distinct groups. Perigonia lateral and gemmiform or terminal and discoid. Perichaetia terminal, the bracts as long as the stem leaves or occasionally longer. Setae elongate; capsules subglobose, ± inclined, generally furrowed when dry; operculum convex or low-conic; peristome double, the teeth 16.


The genus as presented here includes Bartramidula B.S.G. (Griffin & Buck, 1989).