Blindia acuta, photographed by Michael Lüth.

Belongs within: Musci.

The Seligeriaceae are a small family of mosses found in temperate and polar regions.

Characters (from D. H. Vitt): Plants minute and gregarious or larger, forming compact tufts and cushions, unbranched to rarely 2-3-branched, on rock, acrocarpous. Leaves twisted-spreading to stiffly erect when dry, generally erect-spreading to spreading, sometimes slightly curved when moist, linear to stoutly subulate from clasping base; margins plane, entire to denticulate; costa single, homogenous in transverse-section, ending near the apex to long-excurrent, distal leaf cells smooth, short; alar cells not differentiated to somewhat enlarged and colored. Seta straight, flexuose or cygneous. Capsule mostly erect, symmetric, cylindric-ovate to turbinate; peristome haplolepideous, of 16 triangular entire teeth or lacking.

<==Seligeriaceae [Seligeriales, Seligerieae, Seligerioideae]
    |--Brachydontium Fürnr. 1827 SK02
    |    `--B. intermedium Stone 1973 SK02
    |--Seligeria Bruch & Schimp. 1846 SK02
    |    |--S. cardotii Brown 1898 SK02
    |    `--S. diminuta M49
    `--Blindia Bruch & Schimp. 1846 SK02
         |--B. acuta SK02
         |--B. auriculata D03
         |--B. churuccana D03
         |--B. contecta D03
         |--B. humilis D03
         |--B. leptotrichocarpa D03
         |    |--B. l. var. leptotrichocarpa D03
         |    `--B. l. var. strictiuscula D03
         |--B. lygodipoda D03
         |--B. magellanica Schimp. 1862 [incl. B. arcuata, B. acuta var. curviseta] SK02
         |--B. robusta Hampe 1860 [incl. B. tasmanica, B. tenuifolia, Dicranum tenuifolium (preoc.)] SK02
         |--B. savatieriana D03
         `--B. seppeltii Bartlett & Vitt 1986 SK02

Nomina nuda: Blindia globularis Dusén 1903 D03
             Blindia pseudo-robusta Dusén 1903 D03
             Blindia sulphurea Dusén 1903 D03

*Type species of generic name indicated


[D03] Dusén, P. 1903. Patagonian and Fuegian mosses. In Reports of the Princeton University Expeditions to Patagonia, 1896-1899, vol. 8 – Botany (W. B. Scott, ed.) pp. 63-126. The University: Princeton (New Jersey).

[M49] Martin, W. 1949. The bryophytes of Stewart Island.—Part I. Transactions and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New Zealand 77 (2): 257-277.

[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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