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Mniodendron colensoi - umbrella moss

Family: Hypnodendraceae

Mniodendron colensoi has a prostrate, creeping primary stem that forms erect secondary branches (stipes) with a dense tomentum of rhizoids. Stipes terminate in an umbrella-like frond. Fronds are pinnately branched (branches regularly arranged in one plane to either side of the frond axis) and bear long tapering leaves. Mniodendron colensoi can be distinguished from related species with a similar tomentum by the small number of very long setae bearing capsules. Formerly Hypnodendron colensoi.

An endemic moss found on damp earth in shaded forest, particularly kauri forest.

See Find by Genus page for Mniodendron comatum and other umbrella mosses: Canalohypopterygium, Dendrohypopterygium, Hypopterygium, Hypnodendron, Sciadocladus.