In the 1980s, Heinar Streimann (Australian National Botanic Gardens, Canberra) carried out ground-breaking taxonomic research on Australian Meteoriaceae and published his results in Journal of the Hattori Botanical Laboratory (1991). In the late 90s, not long before his death, he provided treatments of Meteoriaceae and Hookeriaceae for the Flora of Australia. In contrast to the Hookeriaceae, which will soon be added to Australian Mosses Online, Streimann's circumscription of the Meteoriaceae has changed little as a consequence of recent molecular studies and a greater understanding of the phylogenetic relationships of mosses.
This account, presented here primarily as an aid to species identification, emphasises the painstaking field-work, attention to detail and clarity that typified Heinar's taxonomic investigations. Nevertheless, in the years since his death, it is almost certain that some identifications might require modification and additional records will have expanded known distributions. ABRS would greatly appreciate hearing of such changes.
Cite as: H.Streimann (2012), Australian Mosses Online 2. Meteoriaceae. Australian Biological Resources Study, Canberra. Version 4 April 2012. http://www.anbg.gov.au/abrs/Mosses_online/02_Meteor.html