Rough-stalked Feather-moss Brachythecium rutabulum

Scientific Name: Brachythecium rutabulum (Brachytheciaceae).

English Name: Rough-stalked Feather-moss.

French Name:

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:

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