Calyptrochaeta apiculata

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Identification notes

This is a very beautiful and rare southern coastal moss that bears more than a passing resemblance to the very common Hookeria lucens, with which it sometimes grows on shaded banks in quiet coastal creeks. C. apiculata is generally a smaller species than Hookeria although it can form large patches on the ground. Unlike Hookeria, its leaves are apiculate and bordered.

This species has no species account in the 2010 Field Guide.

Distribution in Great Britain and Ireland

A number of new sites have been found for this species recently, in Cornish estuaries. It may turn out to be much more widespread in Cornwall than previously thought.

View distribution from the BBS Atlas 2014

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