Spreading Earth-moss - Aphanorrhegma patens

    Alternative names
    Physcomitrella patens

    The very short setae of Aphanorrhegma patens mean that its spherical capsules, which do not shed their lid, are partly hidden among its lax-celled leaves. The lax cells are easily visible through a hand lens, as are the teeth on the leaf margins. Shoots are up to 2.5 mm tall, with leaves about 2 mm long.

    Identification difficulty

    An early colonist of bare mud at the margins of reservoirs, pools and rivers.

    When to see it

    All year round.

    UK Status

    Widespread and fairly frequent in England and Wales.

    VC55 Status

    Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

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    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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

    UK Map