Bird's-claw Beard-moss - Barbula unguiculata


    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.

    Identification difficulty

    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.

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    MAP KEY:

    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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