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NZ Plants

Trematodon suberectus

Family: Bruchiaceae

Trematodon suberectus is a small mat-forming moss with stems up to 7 mm in height. Leaves are erect-to-spreading and sheath the stem at their base then gradually taper to an elongate tip. The capsule is distinctive for its tapering, slightly curved shape with a very long basal region (capsule neck) which may even be longer than its spore-containing portion.

Widespread in New Zealand on bare, moist soil including sand, gravel, pumice and clay. It also tolerates thermally heated soil.