Fringed Bog-moss - Sphagnum fimbriatum


Grows as slender, elongated stems, forming loose carpets or soft hummocks. It is all green, apart from the end of male branches which can be brownish; there is never any trace of red or pink. Capitula are small, with a very conspicuous terminal bud. Branches are very long and thin. Stem leaves are fan-shaped, often wider than long, and narrowest at or near the base, forming a more or less complete, stiff, erect ruff around the stem (obvious when capitulum is removed), fringed around the whole upper margin and slightly down the sides. Capsules are common, often abundant.

Identification difficulty

This species is shade-tolerant and is found in damp sites that are moderately enriched with nutrients, especially amongst birch (Betula), willow (Salix) and purple moor-grass (Molinia). Also found in more open sites, for example damp banks, sides of streams, ditches, lake margins, fens and Juncus mires.

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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