Pottiaceae

The plants in this family are generally small and erect,growing together in a compact patch.The nerve in the long narrow leaf is conspicuous. Papilla are usually seen on the leaf. The capsule is usually erect.

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Leptodontium interruptum.

Found in open sites and grassland. This was found on a lakefront in the Rotorua area.

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This image shows the papillae on the leaf.

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Syntrichia papillosa
(syn. Tortula papillosa)

An interesting moss! Those structures in this image that look like capsules are actually structures containing leaves producing brood-bodies - a means of asexual reproduction.

Sporophytes have not been found on this moss in New Zealand.

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The brood bodies can be seen along the vein near the tops of the leaves.

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A closeup of the leaf and scattered brood bodies.

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A 4-celled brood body x400.(The brood body is less than 0.01 mm wide).

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