Rhizogoniaceae

In this family the leaf margin is often toothed and thickened.

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Cryptopodium bartramioides

Growing on trunks of trees and tree ferns.

The brownish colour of the old shoots helps to distinguish this moss.

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The teeth on the margins of the leaves are double (although that is not clear in this photo).

This feature can be used to separate this species from its look-alikes, Cyrtopus setosus which has single teeth and Echinodium hispidum which has no teeth on the leaf margin.

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Goniobryum subbasilare

Grows on bark, earth or rock.

The leaf margin has conspicuous teeth.

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Hymenodon pilifer

These are found on the trunks of trees, tree ferns and nikau palms, and sometimes on soil under overhangs.

The leaf is quite distinctive with its long hair-point.

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Pyrrhobryum bifarium

Found growing on rotting wood.

The plants of this species are like tiny trees.

In the third photo you can see the double teeth of the leaf margin.

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This image shows the double teeth of the leaf margin.

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Pyrrhobryum mnioides

This species is found on soil.

The stems are unbranched, and it also has double teeth on the leaf margin.

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Rhizogonium distichum

Found on rotting wood in the forest.

It doesn't have double teeth on the leaf margin.

The stems are unbranched and the leaves are in two rows.

I find it quite a distinctive and easy-to-recognise moss.

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A capsule of Pyrrhobryum minoides.

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