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 45–90° to the branch. Capsules are occasional.

Similar Species

Sphagnum palustre is similar but is less compact and lacks the papillae on the cell walls, though this can only be confirmed by microscopy.

Identification difficulty

Typically found on raised and blanket bogs, in valley mires and beside flushes.

When to see it

All year round.

UK Status

Widespread and fairly frequent in much of Britain, but less common in central and eastern England.

VC55 Status

Rare in Leicestershire and Rutland (only recorded from Charnwood Lodge).

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

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