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NZ Plants

Ephemerum serratum

Family Ephemeraceae

Ephemerum serratum is an extremely small moss (0.5-2.5 mm in height) with a persistent, conspicuous protonema of alglal-like filaments. Leaves are less than 2 mm long, lack a nerve and have a strongly toothed margin. Capsules are sessile (seta or stalk short-to-absent), bright red and lack an operculum lid, releasing spores only when the capsule wall decays.

Widespread in New Zealand on soil.