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Catharomnion ciliatum

Family: Hypopterygiaceae

Catharomnion ciliatum is a pale green, furry moss with a stem that branches to form a fan shaped frond. The central axis of each frond has regularly-arranged branches on either side flattened into one plane (pinnate branching). The upper surface of branches has two rows of large leaves and the lower surface has a third row of smaller leaves, which are not visible from above. Both types of leaves have conspicuous marginal hairs (cilia).

A widespread endemic moss found as an epiphyte on the tunks of certain tree ferns and less often on damp banks.