Lophocoleaceae

A large and widespread family. They are usually clinging closely to the substate on which they are growing. The lateral leaves are spreading and underleaves are usually present. They look very much alike and microscopic examination is needed to tell them apart.

Lophocoleabidentata761a

Lophocolea bidentata

Forms loose straggly patches on damp earth or old logs.

Lophocoleabidentata782a
Lophocoleamuricata1052a

Lophocolea muricata

This species forms pale patches on rotten logs.

On close examination the leaves appear to be "hairy" as can be seen in the next two images.

Lophocoleamuricata803a
Lophocoleamuricata0530a
Lophocoleasemiteres844a

Lophocolea semiteres

Forms dense yellow-green mats on soil, logs or rocks.

Lophocoleasemiteres846a

This image shows the underleaves underneath a branch.

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