Bird's-claw Beard-moss - Barbula unguiculata

Description

This species grows in distinctive, bright yellow-green turfs up to 1.5 cm tall. The leaves are usually 1.5 to 2 mm long, and spread away from the stem when moist, but take on a tight spiral twist when dry, making the yellow nerve very conspicuous. Each leaf is parallel-sided for most of its length with a rounded tip from which the nerve protrudes.

Similar Species

Barbula convoluta and Barbula sardoa.

Habitat

This is a plant of neutral or base-rich, disturbed and open habitats such as the edges of paths, gardens, fields and old walls.

When to see it

All year round.

UK Status

It is common throughout Britain and Ireland.

VC55 Status

Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map