Endive Pellia - Pellia endiviifolia


P. endiviifolia usually has green or even blackish-green thalli up to about 1 cm wide, without reddish tinges. In autumn and early winter they develop numerous, narrow (to about 6 mm wide) branches at the tips which are sometimes so abundant that they obscure the broader thalli on which they have developed. Male and female reproductive organs occur in separate plants. A vertical tube surrounds the female organ. This tube has a closely toothed mouth.

Identification difficulty

P. endiviifolia replaces P. epiphylla in base-rich sites, growing by watercourses, by springs and in flushes, on shaded tracks and woodland rides, in fens and dune slacks, on moist floors of chalk quarries and on dripping rock outcrops.

UK Status

Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.

VC55 Status

Fairly 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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