Plants erect, in loose to dense tufts, green to yellow-brown, glossy to somewhat dull. Stems 1-5(-8) cm, erect-spreading, simple or branching, radiculose proximally. Leaves lanceolate from an ovate base, gradually narrowed to abruptly subulate, crisped and curled when dry; margins plane or revolute, entire or often toothed at apex; costa strong, percurrent to slightly excurrent, narrow, with 2 stereid bands; distal
Species ca. 6: North America, Europe, Asia.
Oncophorus is frequently encountered near stream habitats. The species may be confused with those of Dicranum, Dicranella, or Kiaeria, but are distinguished by distinctively strumose capsules and abruptly subulate leaves, which are strongly crisped-contorted when dry.
The Genus Oncophorus is further organized into finer groupings including:
- Species: ZipcodeZoo has pages for 32 species, subspecies, varieties, forms, and cultivars in the Genus Oncophorus: O. alpestris · O. cerviculatus · O. compactus · O. crispatus · O. crispifolius · O. cyathicarpus · O. dichotomus · O. elongatus · O. falcatus · O. fragilis · O. fuegianus · O. gracilentus · O. gracilescens · O. longirostris · O. luteovirens · O. polycarpus · O. rauei · O. raui (Oncophorus Moss) · O. sardous · O. schisti · O. sinensis · O. striatus · O. strumifer · O. strumulosus · O. tenellus · O. torquescens · O. virens (Oncophorus Moss) · O. virens nigrescens · O. virens serratus · O. virens var. serratus · O. wahlenbergii (Wahlenberg's Oncophorus Moss) · O. wahlenbergii var. compactus
- Allen, B. H. 2000. The genus Oncophorus (Musci: Dicranaceae) in Maine. Evansia 17: 1-5.
- Steven G. Newmaster "Oncophorus". in Flora of North America Vol. 27 Page 360, 377, 421, 423, 431. Oxford University Press. Online at EFloras.org.
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