Dilated Scalewort - Frullania dilatata


This is a subpinnately branched leafy liverwort that can be greenish or brownish in colour with shoots 0.7 to 1.5 mm wide. The leaves are up to 1 mm wide by 1.2 mm long with rounded lobes and large helmet shaped lobules of equal width and length. The underleaves are dioicious and often fertile. Female shoots have warty perianths whereas the male equivalents appear narrow by comparison.

Identification difficulty

On well lit trees and shrubs, especially ash, willow and poplar. Occasionally on rock or in turf.

When to see it

All year.

UK Status

Very common.

VC55 Status

Uncommon. Used to be found in some quantity on rocks on Bardon Hill.

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Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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