Breutelia chrysocoma

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Identification notes

This lovely moss will impress even non-bryologists, strangers to the delightful world of tiny perfection which we, as a community, enjoy. It is not shy, forming impressive lawns or patches in open wet areas such as flushes, streams and flushed grassy slopes, mainly in the west of Britain.

The individual golden-coloured shoots are up to 15cm long. The toothed leaves are 3 or 4mm long, sharply triangular and with noticeable longitudinal folds. They stick out from the shoot axis at right angles, giving the shoots a characteristic bristly appearance redolent of small bottle brushes. The stems themselves are covered with a soft felt of reddish rhizoids easily visible with the hand lens.

An easily recognized moss, which we are privileged to have lots of in Britain, as it is generally rare in Europe.

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Distribution in Great Britain and Ireland

View distribution from the BBS Atlas 2014

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