Cypress-leaved Plait-moss - Hypnum cupressiforme

    Description

    This widespread and abundant moss has irregularly branched, slender to medium-sized shoots typically about 2 cm long, and strongly curved leaves, 1 to 2 mm long, that taper to a long, fine point. The nerve is absent, or very short and double. The shoots are green or tinged with a warm, brownish colour in the older parts. Capsules are frequent, and 2.5 mm long. The lid is beaked.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    H. cupressiforme is very common on acidic to slightly base-rich bark and siliceous rock but is often replaced by H. andoi on more acidic substrates.

    UK Status

    Frequent and widespread in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map