Bud-headed Groove-moss - Aulacomnium androgynum


    A. androgynum forms small, pale, dull green tufts. Many shoots terminate in an elongated stalk with a ball of gemmae at the top. Shoots are 3 to 4 mm tall (excluding the elongated stalk and ball of gemmae). The leaves appress and overlap each other, are typically 1 to 2 mm long, and broadly spearhead shaped, shortly pointed and not shiny. Capsules are very rare. The gemmae on long stalks, coupled with its growing on dead wood distinguish A. androgynum from all other species.

    Identification difficulty

    Nearly always grows on dead wood or on trees.

    When to see it

    All year round.

    UK Status

    Common in the east of England, but rare in the west, and very rare in Ireland.

    VC55 Status

    Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

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

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