Reddish-leaved Moss
Juniper Moss
Reddish-leaved Moss (Syntrichia antarctica)Class: Plants (Plantae) - Mosses & Liverworts (Bryophyta) - Mosses (Bryopsida) - Mosses & Liverworts
Order: Mosses (Pottiales)
Family: Moss (Pottiaceae)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: Reddish-leaved Moss (Syntrichia antarctica)
This Photo:     🔍"Leaves"🔎

Thank you Alan Dandie for identifying and Andrew Thornhill for confirming the id of this species for us

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
Alan said "From Mosses of Dry Forests, by Read and Slattery, 'robust, strap-shaped leaves have a rounded tip with a long, whitish toothed hairpoint.....the nerve is usually a distinct reddish brown. The long cylindrical capsules sit erect on reddish stalks. The lid is long and conical...' Matches your observation to a T."

Copyright © 2013-2023 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 18-Jul-2013
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.