Hypnaceae

These mosses have creeping stems. The leaves taper gradually from the base, whereas some other mosses taper abruptly at the apex.

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Hypnum cupressiforme

Common in the forest as well as grassland and banks.

The colour can be green or have a goldy tint. The leaves are always strongly curved to one side.

Under the microscope there may be no nerve visible, or it can be faint, short and double.

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Hypnum chrysogaster

There are several forms of this species, with some being densely branched while others are more sparsely branched.

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A not-the-best shot of the capsule of H. chrysogaster showing the tiny apiculus on the tip of the operculum - something which differs from H. cupressiforme.

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A mature capsule of H. chrysogaster.

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Ctenidium pubescens

Found on soil, rock, tree bases, and tree trunks.

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