Scientific Name: Brachythecium rutabulum (Brachytheciaceae).
English Name: Rough-stalked Feather-moss.
5 Key Characters:
- forms medium to large patches.
- irregular erect branches.
- spreading ovoid leaves 2-3 mm long, often coming to a sharp but not especially long point.
- leaf central nerve ends well before the tip.
- egg-shaped capsules.
Lookalikes: Other Brachythecium spp, especially B. rivulare, and lots of other unrelated mosses.
Habitat: Wet ground (marshes), in grass, on wood (branches and trunks of living trees, also logs and stumps), on stones (rocks, rubble, walls). Shaded places such as woods and hedges; open areas such as gardens, parks, waste ground, stream banks. Favours alkaline substrates.
Status: Abundant (one of the most common mosses).
Photographed by Loire Valley Nature: