Monographs Details: Tristichella spiculifera Dixon
Authority: Buck, William R. 1987. Bryostephane Steereana: A Collection of Bryological Papers Presented to William Campbell Steere On The Occasion of His 80th Birthday. Mem. New York Bot. Gard. 45: 1-749.
Description:Distribution and Ecology - Collecrion studied: PHILIPPINES. Luzon: Mt. Amuyaw, Mountain Province, on high branches in summit mossy forest, 28 Dec 1986, Tan 86-308.
Discussion:In 1983, Tristichella glabrescens Iwats. was reported to represent a new generic record for the Philippine flora (Tan & Iwatsuki, 1983). Recently, the second species of this genus, T. spiculifera, was discovered on Mt. Amuyaw in northem Luzon. As illustrated by Iwatsuki (1977), T. spiculifera has a very marked tristichous leafarrangement, sharply serrated leaf acumina and many stout spicules on the dorsal side of the concave leaf, just below the acumen. The leaves in Philippine plants have recurved margins, but lack brood filaments. No sporophytes were found among the local specimens. It is noteworthy to report here the range expansion of T. spiculifera to include Thailand, Malaya, Sumatra, Java and the Philippines.