The Journal of the Hattori Botanical Laboratory
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ORTHOTRICHUM ELEGANS, A TAXON WORTHY OF SPECIES RANK
DALE H. VITTCARL DARIGO
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1997 Volume 82 Pages 329-335

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  Orthotrichum elegans can be separated from O. speciosum by smaller, more compact plants; smooth capsules that are emergent to shortly exserted; and occurrence restricted to tree trunks and branches. In North America, it is a boreal species known largely from east of the western cordillera and has a distribution that is quite different from that of O. speciosum. Although in the past O. elegans has generally been considered as a subspecific entity of O. speciosum, the distinct morphology, habitat, and distribution indicates that it warrants recognition as a species distinct from O. speciosum.

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