Wood Bristle-moss - Orthotrichum affine

    Description

    This moss forms loose, slightly branched, dull, mid-green or yellowish-green tufts from 1 to 3.5 cm tall. Individual leaves are about 3 mm long, have recurved margins, and end in an acute tip. Its abundant capsules can be found all year round: they ripen in summer, but old capsules persist into the winter. Unripe capsules are covered by a light green, slightly hairy hood like covering, which is often tipped pale brown. Old capsules are light brown, and strongly furrowed when dry with eight recurved teeth.

    Habitat

    On trees (particularly Ash) and shrubs in districts with clean air, but also found on rocks or concrete, especially in shady places.

    When to see it

    All year round

    UK Status

    Common and widespread in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map