Overleaf Pellia - Pellia epiphylla

    Description

    This species has sparingly branched green thalli of 1 cm plus. They are plain looking with a weakly defined midrib and lack any surface network. It is monoicous species, with male organs appearing like tiny volcanoes along the line of the midrib, and the female organs on the same thallus being surrounded by a vertical flap.

    Habitat

    Prefers the banks of streams, rivers and ditches, forming a dense band just above the normal water level on shaded banks. May also be found on ground in other moist habitats such as wet woodland, marshes and flushes, or on wet rock outcrops. It cannot tolerate base rich sites.

    When to see it

    All year.

    UK Status

    Common.

    VC55 Status

    Common.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map