Woodsy Silk-moss - Plagiothecium nemorale


Plagiothecium nemorale has sparsely branched shoots arranged in one plane. The leaves are 2 to 3.2 mm long, egg-shaped to narrowly egg-shaped, and are mostly more or less symmetrical. The nerve is weak and double, although it may reach as far as mid-leaf. P. nemorale is typically a dark, dull green.

Identification difficulty
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On soil, directly on siliceous rock and limestone, and on tree bases; able to grow in a wide range of conditions, in acidic to calcareous habitats, but avoiding the most strongly acidic places. Most often in woodland, but also in mossy overhangs and amongst boulders in upland districts; occasionally in springs.

When to see it

All year.

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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