Supine Plait-moss - Hypnum resupinatum


The slender, dark green (or olive-green) shoots look silkier than other Hypnum species, and typically grow about 2 cm long. Leaves are 1 to 1.5 mm long, and most of them point upwards from the stem. Capsules are 2.5 mm long, held more or less erect, and have a long, beaked lid.

Identification difficulty

Frequent on bark and on rocks, usually indicating neutral or slightly base-rich conditions; on oak trunks it is often an indicator of relatively high pH, and hence a more diverse bryoflora. It occurs over base-rich siliceous rock and over limestone, at least in districts with high rainfall.

When to see it

All year round

UK Status

Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.

VC55 Status

Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

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

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