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NZ Plants

Hypnum chrysogaster - plait moss

Family: Hypnaceae

Hypnum chrysogaster forms creeping stems with densely-set branches, most commonly in a pinnate arrangement (branches regularly arranged in one plane to either side of the stem axis). The leaves are glossy with smooth margins and a narrow tapering point that is strongly curled toward the substrate. A leaf vein (nerve) is absent or very short and faint.  The capsule lid (operculum) has a minute projection (apiculus) which helps to distinguish this species from H. cupressiforme.

Widespread in New Zealand on rotting wood or as an epiphyte in forested areas.