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Cryphaea chlorophyllosa

Family: Cryphaeaceae

Cryphaea chlorophyllosa has slender branching shoots bearing leaves that are broadly pointed and concave with a nerve (vein) that fails before the leaf tip. The mature sporophyte has a very short seta (stalk), with long, tapering perichaetial bracts (modified leaves) at its base, so that the capsule is encircled by the bracts. C. chlorphyllosa was formerly known as C. dilatata.

There are five species of Cryphaea in New Zealand, all rather similar. They are widespread in moist forest as epiphytes on tree trunks, branches and twigs.. 

Note: The aquatic moss, Dendrocryphaea tasmanica, is closely related and was formerly known as Cryphaea tasmanica