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)
Family:Pilotrichaceae
Scientific Name:Hemiragis
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.

Discussion:

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.