Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Bryophyta
Class: Bryopsida
Subclass: Diphysciidae
Order: Diphysciales
M. Fleisch.
Family: Diphysciaceae
M. Fleisch.
Genus: Diphyscium
D. Mohr

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Diphyscium is a genus of mosses in the family Diphysciaceae.[1] Members of this genus are small, perennial plants. The capsule does not elongate much, and remains buried among surrounding leaves.

There are fifteen species of Diphyscium. However, two of these species formerly were placed in the southeast Asian genus Theriotia, and one species, from Chile, formerly was segregated in the monotypic genus Muscoflorschuetzia.[2] In 2003, Magombo proposed reclassifying all fifteen species as belonging to the single genus Diphyscium.[3]


  1. Buck, William R. & Bernard Goffinet. 2000. "Morphology and classification of mosses", pages 71-123 in A. Jonathan Shaw & Bernard Goffinet (Eds.), Bryophyte Biology. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press). ISBN 0-521-66097-1.
  2. Schofield, Wilfred B. (2002). "Diphysciaceae". Flora of North America. 27. New York: Oxford Univ Pr. pp. 162–164. ISBN 978-0-19-531823-4.
  3. Magombo, Z. L. K. (2003). "Taxonomic revision of the moss family Diphysciaceae M. Fleisch. (Musci)". Journal of the Hatori Botanical Laboratory. 94: 1–86.
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