Monographs Details: Campylopus flagelliferus (Müll.Hal.) A.Jaeger
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 - Distribution: South India, Sri Lanka, Bomeo (Fig. 90).Ecology: This species occurs exclusively on bark of living trees and rarely on rotten logs at high altitudes.Specimen examined: MALAYSIA. Sabah: Mt. Kinabalu, on bark of Leptospermum sp. in the ultrabasic zone 2700 m, Campylopodes Malaysiae Exsiccatae 5.
Campylopus flagelliferus has hitherto been reported
only from South India and Sri Lanka. It
is characterized by the presence of microphyllous
branches in the axils of the upper leaves. It resembles
C. flexuosus in the above character and
also in the anatomical structure of the leaves.
Campylopus flexuosus is a variable species and
C. flagelliferus m a y represent an extreme variation
of it. Since C. flagelliferus in Southeast Asia
is quite distinct and does not show much variability variability
intergrading into variations of C. flexuosus,
it is treated here as a distinct species. However,
the exact relation of the present species to
C. flexuosus is not clear. It may represent a variety
of C. flexuosus, the habitat of which is confined
only to the bark of living trees at high altitudes.
This may have been caused by the
existence ofthe closely related C. comosus, which
replaces C. flexuosus in this geographical region,
and which has occupied all the ecological niches
of C. flexuosus, that only the flagelliferous growth
form (or ecotype?) of C. flexuosus can exist on
this special habitat. In this respect, the longer
setae and stereids of C. comosus in contrast with
C. flexuosus may be interpreted as more advanced
and successful characters.
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