Zygodon catarinoi (Orthotrichaceae, Bryopsida), a new epiphytic species from the Western Mediterranean Basin
Garcia, C. Lara
A new species of Zygodon, Z. catarinoi C. Garcia, F. Lara, Sérgio & Sim-Sim is described and illustrated. The new moss has been found in different types of Mediterranean woods from the Iberian Peninsula and Morocco. It is a small epiphytic moss, characterized by its very irregular - both in shape and size - upper leaf cells, that are superficially prominent, with 1-2(3) tall, erect or bent papillae per cell. These papillae usually give a spiculate appearance to the leaf-lamina which, in addition, has another highly distinctive character: scattered or dense bistratose, rarely tristratose, patches. The separation of the new species from Z. rupestris Schimp. ex Lorentz, as well as some ecological and biogeographical details are discussed.