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NZ Plants

Macromitrium longipes

Family: Orthotrichaceae

Macromitrium longipes has long creeping stems with short upright branches. The leaves are golden-brown, curled, narrow and with sharply-pointed (acute) tips. Leaves are up to 3 mm long with longitudinal folds at the base. The nerve fails just short of the leaf tip. The stalk (seta) of the sporophyte is unusually long for this genus being 10-25 mm in length. The calyptra (capsule covering) lacks hairs and is deeply lobed at the base. The capsule is 1-2.5 mm long, ovoid and ribbed at the mouth.

An endemic species widespread in New Zealand on tree trunks and branches.