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Ptychomnion aciculare, pipe-cleaner moss

Family: Ptychomniaceae

Ptychomnion aciculare has prostrate to erect and irregularly-branched red stems with glossy, crinkly leaves that have a papery texture when dry. Plants are unisexual; male plants are full-sized or dwarfed and found attached to leaves.

Widespread in New Zealand in moist forest on the ground, on rotting logs and less often as an epiphyte.