Greater Featherwort - Plagiochila asplenioides


This large species has stems that are 5 to 9 mm wide and extend to 12 cm in length. The leaves are 2.5 to 4.5 mm wide and 3 to 4.5 mm long, convex and translucent green, and attached in an overlapping manner angled towards the tip of the stem. The species is dioicous but not often fertile, capsules are rarely found.

Identification difficulty

Prefers damp turf in woodlands and on sheltered banks. May also be found in fens and on rocks or rotting wood.

When to see it

All year.

UK Status


VC55 Status

Fairly common.

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

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