Trachyloma photographed in Pureora Forest, New Zealand, from Andy Down Under.

Belongs within: Hypnales.

The Trachylomataceae are a small family of mosses containing just two genera, Trachyloma and Braithwaitea.

Characters (from Buck & Goffinet 2000): Stems sympidially branched; secondary stems stipitate frondose, complanate-foliate; alar cells weakly differentiated; asexual propagules of stem-borne filamentous gemmae; exostome teeth pale, densely papillose.

    |--Braithwaitea Lindb. 1872SK02
    |    `--B. sulcata (Hooker) Jaeger & Sauerb. 1877 (see below for synonymy)SK02
    `--Trachyloma Brid. 1827SK02
         |--T. diversinerve Hampe 1880 [=Pterobryon diversinerve; incl. T. leptopyxis]SK02
         |--T. indicum Mitt. 1859SK02
         |    |--T. i. var. indicumSK02
         |    `--T. i. var. novae-guineae (Müll.Hal.) Mill. & Manuel 1982SK02
         |--T. planifolium (Hedw.) Brid. 1827 [=Pterobryon planifolium; incl. T. muelleri]SK02
         |--T. pycnoblastum Müll.Hal. 1898SK02
         `--T. wattsii Broth. 1915SK02

Braithwaitea sulcata (Hooker) Jaeger & Sauerb. 1877 [=Leskea sulcata, Climacium sulcatum, Dendroleskea sulcata, Isothecium sulcatum, Neckera sulcata, Pterobryon sulcatum; incl. Pterobryopsis filigera, Pilotrichum nematosum, Braithwaitea nematosa]SK02

*Type species of generic name indicated


Buck, W. R., & B. Goffinet. 2000. Morphology and classification of mosses. In: Shaw, A. J., & B. Goffinet (eds) Bryophyte Biology pp. 71–123. Cambridge University Press.

[SK02] Streimann, H., & N. Klazenga. 2002. Catalogue of Australian Mosses. Flora of Australia Supplementary Series 17. Australian Biological Resources Study: Canberra.

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