Syrrhopodon prolifer var. scaber
in Organization for Flora Neotropica, Fl. Neotrop. 58: 13. 1993,.
Plants tufted or in loose to dense sods, pale glaucous green when dry, 0.5–1 cm. Leaves monomorphic, 2–3 mm, erect and straight or flexuous when dry; distal lamina not or only slightly reflexed at shoulders, plane when wet, narrowly linear, apex rounded; margins bordered all around with elongate hyaline cells, toothed to spinose only at apex; medial cells obscure due to papillosity, 7–9 µm, with bulging multifid papillae ad and abaxially; cancellinae ending in acute angles distally. Gemmae clavate, smooth, very sparse, adaxial and sometimes abaxial on leaf apex.
Habitat: Not producing sporophytes in flora area. Sandy soil, roof of sandstone cave, humid forests in ravines, along bases of bluffs
Elevation: low elevations (0-100 m)
Ala., Fla., La., Mexico, West Indies, Central America, South America
Syrrhopodon prolifer var. scaber is easy to recognize by its pale color, grass-like aspect of the colonies due to the narrow erect leaves, and leaves bordered all around with elongate hyaline cells and spinose-toothed at apices.