Hedwigia ciliata

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Identification notes

There are currently 2 varieties recognized in Britain and Ireland:

  • Hedwigia ciliata var. ciliata
  • Hedwigia ciliata var. leucophaea

Distribution in Great Britain and Ireland

Prior to 1994, there was no distinction between H. stellata and H. ciliata, and all material was recorded as H. ciliata. Distribution data of the combined species is shown under Hedwigia ciliata s.l. below.

View distribution of H. ciliata s.l. from the BBS Atlas 2014 View distribution of H. ciliata from the BBS Atlas 2014

Resources you may find useful

Callaghan, D.A. 2006. Hedwigia ciliata var. leucophaea new to England and Wales . Field Bryology 90: 8-11
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Hedenas L. 1994. The Hedwigia ciliata complex in Sweden, with notes on the occurrence of the taxa in Fennoscandia. Journal of Bryology 18: 1 39-157.

Similar Species

Hedwigia species can be mistaken for Schistidium or Racomitrium species in the field, but the presence of a nerve in all these species should make separation relatively simple.