Lophocolea fragrans

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Identification notes

Very similar in appearance to the ubiquitous L. bidentata, but smaller and usually found on rock. It demands a more humid and temperate habitat too.

Like its relatives, it is strongly aromatic, so for those bryologists fortunate enough to possess a discerning nose, it is possible to home in on a candidate patch on a stone where it grows intermixed with other small mosses and liverworts. It is our only Lophocolea to have 3 or 4 leaf lobes (teeth too, sometimes) so is not hard to identify.

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Distribution in Great Britain and Ireland

View distribution from the BBS Atlas 2014

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