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NZ Plants

Trichostomum sciophilum

Family: Pottiaceae

Trichostomum sciophilum forms light green patches consisting of erect 0.5-2cm stems. The leaves are narrowly lanceolate with sharp tips (acuminate) and are spreading when moist but curved when dry. The ovoid capsule is about 1 mm long, the operculum lid has a long slanting beak and the peristome consists of 16 small, irregular and fragile teeth.

Widespread in New Zealand on soil, usually in the open or in lightly shaded areas.