Cypress-leaved Plait-moss - Hypnum cupressiforme


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

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.

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

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