Monographs Details: Hemiragis
Authority: Sharp, Aaron J., et al. 1994. The Moss Flora of Mexico. Part Two: Orthotrichales to Polytrichales. Mem. New York Bot. Gard. 69 (2)
Description:Genus Description - Plants robust, in loose, rigid, shiny, bright-green, yellowish, or brownish tufts. Stems creeping; secondary erect-ascending, irregularly pinnate-branched. Leaves crowded in many rows, erect-spreading and often falcate-secund, oblong-lanceolate, slenderly long-acuminate, plicate; margins serrulate throughout; costae 2, slender, nearly parallel, extending into the acumen, toothed at back above and ending in a minute dorsal spine; cells long-linear, smooth, those at the base laxer and colored. Autoicous. Setae elongate, reddish, smooth; capsules inchned to horizontal, oblong-cylindric, short-necked; annulus none; operculum long-rostrate; exostome teeth yellow-brown, furrowed, cross-striolate; endostome finely papillose, consisting of a high basal membrane, keeled and perforate segments about as long as the teeth, and rudimentary cilia. Calyptrae smooth throughout or sometimes slightly hairy above, lobed at base.
Hemiragis aurea (Brid.) Kindb. [Fig. 622], also known as Harpophyllum aureum (Brid.) Spruce, is widely distributed in Central America, northern South America, and the West Indies and may eventually be discovered in Mexico.