Lepidoziaceae

This family contains a group of plants which may appear diverse, but they have similarities in the basic shape of the leaves and underleaves, which are divided into 3 or 4 lobes. The underleaves are smaller than the lateral leaves.

Lepidoziamicrophylla1110a

Lepidozia microphylla

This one has very fine leaves, giving it a delicate lacey appearance.

It is often found on banks in wet areas of the bush, covered with droplets of water .

This image shows some sporophytes - which I didn't notice at the time I took the shot! The longest one would be about 15-20 mm long.

Lepidoziaglaucophylla0206a

Lepidozia glaucophylla

Found growing on a rotting log.

The colour makes this quite a distinctive species.

Lepidoziaglaucophylla0400a

A close-up showing the underleaves.

Lepidoziapendulina1111a

Lepidozia pendulina

Lepidoziapendulina1111b
Lepidoziaulothrix645

Lepidozia ulothrix

Found on old logs and tree trunks in areas of moderate rainfall.

The margins of the leaves are toothed.

 

These photos were taken in the Taupo area.

Lepidoziaulothrix735
Lepidoziaulothrix742
Lepidoziaulothrix739

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