Local flora – umbrella moss

This beautiful moss covers the ground in damp, dark places in our bush. It wasn’t easy to identify, none of my books cover mosses but persistence pays off.

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Canalohypopterygium tamariscinum is a creeping moss with erect stems (stipes) supporting an umbrella-like fond. The central axis of each frond has regularly-arranged branches on either side flattened into one plane (pinnate branching). The upper surface of branches has two rows of large leaves and the lower surface has a third row of smaller leaves, which are not visible from above. This species is distinguished by its strongly toothed under-leaves and the presence of long filamentous bristles along branches. Formerly Hypopterygium commutatum.
An endemic species widespread in New Zealand in moist forest.

from the University of Auckland http://www.nzplants.auckland.ac.nz/en/about/mosses/native-species/hypopterygiaceae/canalohypopterygium-tamariscinum.html

 

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