Dwarf Swan-neck Moss - Campylopus pyriformis


Forms short, untidy, dense, yellow-green to mid-green turfs and spreading patches to 3 cm tall, but usually less than 1 cm. Patches are often covered with deciduous leaves or shoot tips. The leaves are 2.5-7.5 mm long, erect and more or less straight when moist, and the longer upper leaves become somewhat wavy when dry. Capsules are occasional on a wavy seta which may curve down so that the capsule is hidden amongst the leaves.

Identification difficulty

Bare, acidic peaty or sandy soils in woodland or on moorland, often favouring sites where there has been some disturbance on banks, ditches or burnt ground. It may also be found growing on peaty soil in plant pots.

When to see it

All year round

UK Status

Widespread and fairly frequent throughout most of Britain.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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Species profile

Common names
Dwarf Swan-neck Moss
Species group:
Mosses & Liverworts
Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
12/12/1993 (Dennis Ballard)
Last record:
16/02/2017 (Mathers, Steve)

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