Blunt-fruited Pottia - Tortula modica


This moss looks like T. truncata but with capsules longer than wide and leaves with partly recurved margins. Shoots form patches or occur scattered, up to 1.5 cm tall. Leaves are about 2 to 2.5 mm long. Capsules are common in winter and spring, longer (about 1 to 1.5 mm) than wide, and typically widest slightly below the rim. They are borne on a seta 4 to 6 mm long and have a pointed lid. The peristome is absent or rudimentary.

Identification difficulty

T. modica grows on disturbed soil in fields and gardens, on waste ground, banks, anthills and molehills, coastal slopes, in quarries, by tracks and paths, and on walls.

When to see it

All year round.

UK Status

Widespread and frequent throughout Britain

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map