Great Hairy Screw-moss - Syntrichia ruralis subsp. ruralis


    This moss forms bright, golden green, loose cushions, or more extensive, sometimes rather dense turfs 1 to 2 cm tall. The leaves are normally between 4 and 6 mm long, strongly curved away from the stem when moist, giving the shoot a star-like appearance, and become twisted when dry. Individual leaves are somewhat tongue shaped, with a rounded tip and parallel or slightly convex sides which are recurved almost to the tip. The nerve flows outwards into a long, silvery, toothed hair point. The cylindrical capsules are rare.

    Identification difficulty

    This moss grows on calcareous substrates and on walls, rocks and sandy ground. It is also a characteristic species of old thatch

    When to see it

    All year round.

    UK Status

    Common and widespread in most of Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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