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NZ Plants

Macromitrium prorepens

Family: Orthotrichaceae

Macromitrium prorepens is a creeping, many-branched moss with yellow-to dark olive leaves. Leaves are l.2-2.0 mm long, spreading-recurved when moist, ovate-lanceolate in shape and papillose on the upper surface giving them a dull appearance. When dry, leaves are erect-appressed and tend to twist around the stem. The sporophyte stalk (seta) is short (2-4 mm) and the calyptra cover on the capsule is hairy.

Widespread in New Zealand forming mats on bark of trees.