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NZ Plants

Calyptrochaeta cristata

Family Daltonaceae

Calyptrochaeta cristata is sparingly branched with erect to prostrate stems, forming loose tufts. Shoots have two forms of leaves, arranged in six rows. Lateral leaves are larger and fan out from the stem; those of the dorsal and ventral rows are smaller and appressed so that the whole shoot is rather flattened. Leaves are bordered with long narrow cells, margins are toothed with a short abrupt projection at the apex and the nerve (vein) is absent or short and double. 

Widespread in New Zealand in moist forest on leaf litter, rotting logs or rock.