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NZ Plants

Rhynchostegium laxatum

Family: Brachytheciaceae

Rhynchostegium laxatum is a medium-sized, slender moss with irregular pinnately-arranged branches. Leaves are about 1 mm in length and vary from ovate to triangular-ovate in shape and gradually narrow to an acuminate tip with a finely-toothed margin. Stem leaves are evenly arranged while branch leaves may be somewhat flattened.  The seta (stalk) is smooth and the capsule lid (operculum) has a long beak.

Widespread in New Zealand on stems of trees and shrubs, dead wood and occasionally on stone walls and the ground.