Anoectangium aestivum

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Identification notes

This upland moss is one of those really nice species that can usually be identified from a distance as its sometimes large cushions are a really vivid yellow-green colour. Few other cushion-forming mosses are that colour and even fewer share its characteristic habitat of damp, shaded crevices in rock faces in ravines, gullies and cliffs. Its presence will always indicate ‘a bit of base’ and you’re likely to come across a suite of other moderate calcicoles in the places where it grows, such as Tortella tortuosa, Marchantia quadrata and Gymnostomum aeruginosum.

💡When you find nice cushions of Anoectangium and Amphidium mougeotii quite high up, have a good look, as these are good habitat for some interesting species like Mesoptychia heterocolpos.

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Distribution in Great Britain and Ireland

View distribution from the BBS Atlas 2014

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