Papillose Bog-moss - Sphagnum papillosum
Sphagnum papillosum forms mats and low hummocks. The whole plant is typically pale ochre-brown, but can be green or yellowish. There is never any trace of red. The capitulum centre and spreading branches are always a similar colour. Fascicles have 2 spreading and 1 or 2 pendent branches. Upper spreading branches are short and blunt-tipped. Branch leaves are often distinctly spreading at an angle of 4590° to the branch. Capsules are occasional.
Sphagnum palustre is similar but is less compact and lacks the papillae on the cell walls, though this can only be confirmed by microscopy.
Typically found on raised and blanket bogs, in valley mires and beside flushes.
All year round.
Widespread and fairly frequent in much of Britain, but less common in central and eastern England.
Rare in Leicestershire and Rutland (only recorded from Charnwood Lodge).
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