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NZ Plants

Tortella knightii

Family: Pottiaceae

Tortella knightii has simple-to-branched stems 3-20 mm tall. The pale-green or yellow-green leaves are narrow with an undulating margin and gradually taper to a sharp point.  When dry the leaves are tightly curled with cracks across them or with pieces missing. The sporophyte stalk (seta) is up to 2 cm long and is a distinct redish-brown. The capsule is narrowly cylindrical and about 2 mm long with a peristome of 32 long and spiraled teeth.

Widespread in New Zealand forming dense cushions on limestone rock, soil and rotten logs.