Taper-leaved Earth-moss - Pleuridium acuminatum

    Description

    This moss forms mid-green or brownish-tinged patches which can be dense, but are often open aggregations of shoots. They are short, to 1 cm, but often less, with the upper leaves much longer than the lower (about 4 mm as opposed to about 1.5 mm), usually erect and occasionally slightly turned to one side. The leaves are spearhead-shaped, tapering relatively gradually from a base that is egg-shaped to a long, fine tip in the upper leaves where it is composed mainly of the excurrent nerve. Capsules are common, held on a very short seta, 1 mm long, hidden between the upper leaves and are shortly oval with a blunt point. P. acuminatum has naked male organs in the leaf axils.

    Habitat

    A pioneer species of bare soil. P. acuminatum tends to favour more acidic ground.

    When to see it

    All year round.

    UK Status

    Fairly frequent and widespread in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map