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Dendroligotrichum tongariroense

Family: Polytrichaceae

Dendroligotrichum tongariroense grows in dense patches consisting of many tall stems covered in small, scale-like leaves. Close to the top of each stem there are several spreading branches that bear leaves with broad sheathing bases and narrow lamina with a toothed margin. The leaves are typical for the family with closely spaced lamellae that extend down the length of the upper leaf surface. Also known as Dendroligotrichum dendroides.

An endemic moss common at higher elevations in open mountain beech forest.