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NZ Plants

Bryum argenteum

Family: Bryaceae

Bryum argenteum is a small moss that forms dense patches of silvery-green plants no more than 1 cm in height. The broadly ovate leaves are closely appressed to the stem and have a short, sharp tip. The silvery hue to the plants is due to the fact that the upper cells of each leaf lack chlorophyll .

Widespread in New Zealand, especially common in urban environments but also in natural areas such as exposed sea cliffs. .