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NZ Plants

Hypnum cupressiforme

Family: Hypnaceae

Hypnum cupressiforme 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 conspicuous erect beak which helps to distinguish this species from H. chrysogaster which has an operculum with a minute projection (apiculus).

Widespread in New Zealand in open forest and grassland and roadside banks.