Floating Hook-moss - Warnstorfia fluitans

Alternative names
Drepanocladus fluitans

This lax, straggling, dingy, dark green pleurocarp lacks red tones. Its leaves are always curved, but seldom very strongly so. This and its long, irregular branches give W. fluitans a distinctive appearance. Rhizoids are sometimes produced on the leaf tip. Shoots may be many centimetres long, and leaves are 3 to 5.5 mm long. Curved, cylindrical capsules occasionally form, borne on a seta about 4 to 8 cm long.

Identification difficulty

Typical of nutrient-poor, base-poor, still water, especially pools fed by rainwater in the uplands.

When to see it

All year round.

UK Status

Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.

VC55 Status

Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

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

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