Crisped Pincushion - Ulota crispa


Very similar to Ulota bruchii and detailed examination may be necessary to separate these species. Forms yellowish-green cushions with a blackish-brown lower part to each shoot. The upper leaves of U. crispa are 2 to 3.5 mm long. Some plants cannot be confidently named without microscopic examination of the peristome. Leaves are spearhead-shaped, and the nerve ends in or below the tip. A more reliable distinguishing feature is provided by mature (but not yet senescent) capsules: those of U. crispa are wide-mouthed and narrow immediately below the mouth, whereas those of U. bruchii taper to a narrow mouth. However, even some plants with mature capsules cannot confidently be ascribed to one or other of these two species, except by microscopical examination of features of their capsules.

Similar Species

Ulota bruchii (see above).

Identification difficulty

Grows on the twigs and branches of many species of tree and shrub.

When to see it

All year round.

UK Status

Widespread and fairly frequent over much of Britain.

VC55 Status

Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

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Species profile

Common names
Crisped Pincushion
Species group:
Mosses & Liverworts
Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
15/03/2015 (Mabbett, Craig)
Last record:
09/12/2021 (Bell, Melinda)

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