Spreading Earth-moss - Aphanorrhegma patens

Alt Name
Physcomitrella patens

The very short setae of Aphanorrhegma patens mean that its spherical capsules, which do not shed their lid, are partly hidden among its lax-celled leaves. The lax cells are easily visible through a hand lens, as are the teeth on the leaf margins. Shoots are up to 2.5 mm tall, with leaves about 2 mm long.


An early colonist of bare mud at the margins of reservoirs, pools and rivers.

When to see it

All year round.

UK Status

Widespread and fairly frequent in England and Wales.

VC55 Status

Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map