Bank Haircap Moss - Polytrichum formosum

    Alternative names
    Polytrichastrum formosum

    Polytrichum formosum represents a division of mosses in which the fruits are borne on the termination of the stem or principal branches. Usually about 4 to 12 cm long. Its narrow leaves are 5 to 10 mm long with serrate margins and a pointed, sometimes reddish tip, they project from the main vertical stem in a spiral arrangement.

    Identification difficulty
    When to see it

    All year round

    Life History

    In an early condition the capsule is covered with a conical densely-hairy cap (calyptra) which is thrown off when the spores are ripe, the operculum follows and the spores are cast.

    UK Status

    Fairly frequent and widespread throughout Britain

    VC55 Status

    Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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