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Archegoniate plants of 1-stratose, ovate to ovate-lanceolate leaves, leaves with ciliate or jagged margins. Seta erect, rough, red-brown when mature, 3-15 mm, bulging where it joins the oblique capsule.

Species 12: North America, Europe, Asia, Pacific Islands (New Zealand), Australia.

Buxbaumia plants are unlikely to be seen unless sporophytes are present. No other genus in North America is likely to be confused with it, as the characteristic obliquely oriented sporangium on erect rough seta makes it distinctive. Sporophytes appear in fall, capsules mature in spring.[1]


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The Genus Buxbaumia is a member of the Family Buxbaumiaceae. Here is the complete "parentage" of Buxbaumia:

The Genus Buxbaumia is further organized into finer groupings including:


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  1. "Buxbaumia". in Flora of North America Vol. 27 Page 4, 118. Oxford University Press. Online at


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Last Revised: August 27, 2014
2014/08/27 05:47:32