Blunt Feather-moss - Homalia trichomanoides

Description

The flattened shoots (up to 6 cm long) and shiny, rounded leaves (just over 1 mm long) of Homalia trichomanoides look somewhat like a leafy liverwort. When dry, the leaves curve downwards at the tip, giving the shoots an arched back. A faint nerve extends at least halfway along the leaf. Egg-shaped capsules 1.5 mm long are not uncommon.

Identification difficulty
Habitat

On rocks and the base of trees and shrubs in shaded sites such as woods and hedgerows. It particularly favours sites by ditches, streams and rivers, growing in the flood zone, but well above the normal water level. It may also be found on rocks and walls.

When to see it

All year round.

UK Status

Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.

VC55 Status

Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

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