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NZ Plants

Fabronia australis

Family: Fabroniaceae

Fabronia australis is a very small moss with fine creeping stems bearing spreading leaves less than 1 mm long.  The nerve (leaf vein) fails about mid-leaf and the leaf margin may be toothed or lack teeth (entire). Sporopytes are small with setae (stalks) seldom exceeding 6 mm that terminate in ovoid-to-cylindrical capsules less than 1 mm in length.

Widespread in New Zealand as untidy patches on tree trunks, rocks and humus.