Silky Forklet-moss - Dicranella heteromalla


Forms dense, yellow-green to mid-green cushions or patches up to 3 cm deep, but often smaller. Leaves are more or less curved, 3 to 3.5 mm long, pointing in one direction when moist, and hardly altered when dry. The leaf base is egg-shaped and tapers to a long, fine, channelled point which is toothed, especially near the tip. The nerve is about 30% of the width of the leaf base, occupies most of the tip and is often excurrent. Capsules are common, horizontal or inclined, elliptical in shape and not swollen at the base. The yellow seta becomes browner with age.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

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Found in a variety of acidic habitats and frequent on woodland banks, tree stumps, tree roots, hedge banks etc.

When to see it

All year round.

UK Status

Widespread and common throughout 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
Silky Forklet-moss
Species group:
Mosses & Liverworts
Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
10/11/1991 (Dennis Ballard)
Last record:
05/04/2020 (Lewis, Steven)

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