Radulaceae

There is only one genus in this family in New Zealand - the genus Radula. The species are epiphytic and generally found in wet environments. I have mostly found them amongst other bryophytes.

They could be confused with Frullania species, but Radula species do not have underleaves.

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Radula buccinifera

This is the most common of the Radulas.

It is very small, with the leaves being less than 1 mm in diameter.

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This image shows two perianths on Radula buccanifera.

A perianth is a structure made of modified leaves enclosing the developing sporophyte.

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Radula marginata

Forms mats on earth on rock, tree trunks or logs.

It has a distinct leaf margin as shown in the next image.

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Radula physoloba

A pale coloured Radula usually found growing on the bark of small trees, and occasionally on logs.

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Radula silvosa

Found on rocks and soil in shady bush.

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