About this site

"BRYOPHYTES" was created in 1996to provide ongoing global access to the results of a monographic study of the Fossombroniineae. This project was supported, in part, by a grant (DEB-9521883) from the National Science Foundation under the Partnerships for Enhancing Expertise in Taxonomy (PEET) program. The support of NSF is here acknowledged with thanks. In addition to information about the Fossombroniineae, this site will allow users to explore the exciting world of bryophytes in general. This is a dynamic web connection where additions, updates, and refinements to all items on the index menu will occur continually. We were awarded a second PEET grant (DEB-9977961) for monographic and phylogenetic studies of simple thalloid liverworts. For technical support in the development and maintenance of this site, the SIUC College of Science Computer Information Specialist is gratefully acknowledged.


          • The National Science Foundation has funded our Assembling the Tree of Life (AtoL) project entitled "Assembling the Liverwort Tree of Life".  This 5 year project involves 10 PIs at 6 Institutions.

For more information on the AToL program go to: http://atol.sdsc.edu

Jungermannia pusilla type                           

"LOGO" - Our PEET LOGO was derived from one of the drawings in the 'Historia Muscorum' published in 1741 by the German born botanist Johann Jacob Dillen (1684-1747). As was the tradition of the day, his name was latinized to Dillenius, just as Linn? (the "father" of plant taxonomy) latinized his name to Linnaeus. Every plant has a TYPE, which is that element of a taxon to which the name is permanently attached. Today a type must be specified for every new plant named but that was not the case prior to a modern International Code of Botanical Nomenclature (ICBN). If no type was designated for a name, a plant taxonomist must follow the regulations of the ICBN and select a specimen or other element to serve as the nomenclatural type. In the published paper below, the Dillenius drawing (Fig. C) is designated as the selected type or "lectotype". We have taken "B" of Figure C, colorized the plant thallus green and superimposed PEET within the sporangium (spore producing structure) at the tip of the seta to use as our logo. The actual specimen upon which Dillenius based his drawing is designated as an "epitype" or interpretative type. We have documented evidence that Linnaeus, who named Jungermannia pusilla, read the Dillenius publication and saw the drawing (LECTOTYPE), but there is no evidence that he ever saw the actual Dillenius specimen (EPITYPE).

Translation provided by Vlad Brown


French Translation: http://www.teilestore.de/edu/?p=254

Polish Translation: http://www.autoersatzteile.de/blog/o-bryophytes