Waved Silk-moss - Plagiothecium undulatum


A large and conspicuous moss, with pale green, sparsely branched shoots, several centimetres long, commonly 5 to 6 mm wide, that are more or less flattened in one plane. The leaves are about 3 mm long, and conspicuously wavy when either moist or dry. The nerve is short and double. Capsules are uncommon.

Identification difficulty

On acidic soil, wood, rocks and in turf; in deciduous woodland, conifer plantations, heathland, and amongst boulders in block scree. P. undulatum also frequently grows in blanket bogs.

UK Status

Frequent and widespread in Britain.

VC55 Status

Records for Leicestershire and Rutland are concentrated in north west Leicestershire.

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

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