Monographs Details: Pilotrichella
Authority: Sharp, Aaron J., et al. 1994. The Moss Flora of Mexico. Part Two: Orthotrichales to Polytrichales. Mem. New York Bot. Gard. 69 (2)
Scientific Name:Pilotrichella
Description:Genus Description - Plants slender to stout, in long, pendent masses, shiny, green, yellowish, or red-brown, sometimes tinged with black. Secondary stems long-flexuose, irregularly pinnate. Stem and branch leaves similar, imbricate to spreading, often spiralranked, deeply concave, smooth, broadly oblong to panduriform, abruptly apiculate; margins inflexed above, entire or serrulate above; costa short and double or lacking; cells rhomboidal to linear, smooth, those at base shorter, ± distinctly or slightly differentiated in the alar regions. Setae short; capsules exserted, oblong-ovoid; exostome teeth papillose. Calyptrae cucullate, sparsely hairy.


The plants, often very attractive, grow in long-flexuose, shiny, pendent masses. The broad, deeply concave leaves end in an abrupt apiculus. The costa is short and double, and the cells are elongate and smooth.