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Syntrichia laevipila, S. papillosa

Family: Pottiaceae

Syntrichia laevipila (Tortula papillosa) and S. papillosa (Tortula pagorum) are both small mosses with stems up to 4 mm in height and 2-3 mm long, evenly spaced leaves. S. laevipila is distinctive for its leaf-like brood bodies (gemmae) found at the shoot tip. S. papillosa has characteristic clusters of globular brood bodies on the upper surface of young leaves. 

Widespread throughout New Zealand on back, rock and concrete.