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NZ Plants

Leucobryum javense

Family: Leucobryaceae

Leucobryum javense has creeping stems that often form large mats or cushions varying in colour from almost white (when dry) to pale green. The linear-lanceolate leaves are curved and crowded on the stem. A vein (nerve), almost as broad as the leaf, is sandwiched between large clear cells so that the leaf is several cells thick. Plants are unisexual. Formerly Leucobryum candidum.

Widespread in New Zealand on old logs and stumps, soil, rock and the bases of trees.