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NZ Plants

Dendrocryphaea tasmanica

Family: Cryphaeaceae

Dendrocryphaea tasmanica is a robust and rigid, dark green aquatic moss with branches tending to grow from one side of the stem. Stem leaves are broadly ovate, 2 mm in length and tapering to a sharp (acute) point.  The mature sporophyte has a very short stalk (seta), with long, tapering perichaetial bracts (modified leaves) at its base, so that the capsule is encircled by the bracts. Formerly Cryphaea tasmanica. See also the closely related Cryphaea chlorophyllosa.

Widespread in New Zealand on wet rocks in or beside streams.