Lesser Pocket-moss - Fissidens bryoides


This is the commonest of a number of Fissidens species which have the leaves bordered by long, narrow cells; this pale glistening border can be seen with a good hand lens. Shoots are 3 to 20 mm long. The male organs are borne on very short lateral branchlets; these can usually be seen as a number of bud-like structures in the leaf axils when a shoot is held up to the light. Capsules are frequent and erect; the seta arises terminally on the shoot.

Identification difficulty

This is a mainly lowland species, and is common on neutral or mildly acidic soil in woodland, on streamsides, arable fields and in gardens. It avoids very acidic or permanently wet substrates, and is rarely found directly on rock.

When to see it

All year round.

UK Status

Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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Species profile

Common names
Lesser Pocket-moss
Species group:
Mosses & Liverworts
Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
10/11/1991 (Dennis Ballard)
Last record:
26/03/2022 (Nicholls, David)

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