Many-fruited Thyme-moss - Plagiomnium affine


    P. affine has trailing, non-fertile stems (shoots grow up to 10 cm long), and leaves (5 to 7 mm long) that run down onto the stem, and are toothed throughout. The leaf cells are longer than wide, arranged in diagonal rows which can be discerned with a ×20 hand lens. Capsules are very rare.

    Similar Species

    The habitat helps to distinguish P. affine from some similar Plagiomnium species which generally grow in wetter habitats.

    Identification difficulty

    Occurs on the ground in moist, but not wet, base-rich or slightly acidic habitats in woodland and in turf. Frequent, mainly lowland in distribution.

    When to see it

    All year round

    UK Status

    Widespread and fairly frequent in England and Wales, it appears to be more scattered in Scotland.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map