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The database is hosted by Kiel University
and is established by Magda Wieckowska-
Lüth, Wiebke Kirleis and Kay Schmütz,
Institute for Prehistoric and Protohistoric Archaeology.

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Type: T-17

Category: Bryophyta

Sub-category: Brachytheciaceae

Taxonomical identification: Rhynchostegiella compacta

First publication: Kuhry, P. (1988) A palaeobotanical and palynological study of Holocene peat from the El Bosque mire. Located in a volcanic area of the Cordillera central of Colombia. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology 55, 19–72

Other publication/s: No information

Description: Plants branched according to literature, but not seen. Leaves ovate to lanceolate, longly acuminate, unicostate, the costa ending near apex, margin serrulate. Leaf cells smooth, linear.

(Sub-) Fossil occurence: No information

Co-occurence: No information

Modern occurence: This is the first record of R. compacta in South America. The marshy habitat differs from the records of R. compacta in Central and North America. Nevertheless, the plant agrees with the description in Crum and Anderson (1981). The only difference seems to be the slightly longer apex and longer acumen cells in the fossil moss recorded in the present study.

Palaeoenvironmental indication: No information