Didymodon insulanus

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Identification notes

When growing ‘typically’, this very common and widespread Didymodon is normally easily recognised. However, it is variable and some states may be confused with certain other small soil-dwelling acrocarps, especially D. vinealis and D. fallax.

As with other Didymodon species, careful examination under a compound microscope is usually essential to reach a satisfactory identification. The behaviour of the leaves when they dry can also be very helpful in differentiating D. insulanus from lookalikes (see resources below).

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Distribution in Great Britain and Ireland

View distribution from the BBS Atlas 2014

Resources you may find useful

The Bryophyte identification page under Resources contains several useful keys and other information on the genus Didymodon.

Bryophyte identification resources

Similar species (to be added)

Didymodon vinealis

Didymodon fallax

Didymodon rigidulus

Bryoerythrophyllum recurvirostrum