Rustwort - Nowellia curvifolia

    Description

    The shoots of this species are usually red with green tips, 0.5 to 1 mm wide and bear concave leaves with two long curved teeth that come together in a pincer like shape. The individual leaves are often less than 1 mm square. The plant can form striking red mats on suitable logs but may lack its red coloration altogether in shady sites.

    Habitat

    On rotting logs. Occasionally on tree trunks in western areas or peat in uplands.

    When to see it

    All year.

    UK Status

    Very common in western districts.

    VC55 Status

    Scarce.

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