Pohlia annotina

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Identification notes

This very common species of disturbed, acidic ground is likely to account for most collections of unknown bulbiferous Pohlia species by field bryologists.

Although its bulbils are usually easy to see in the upper leaf axils with a hand-lens, it’s always advisable to use a microscope to investigate further as they can be varied in number, colour, shape and size. Bulbils are typically green or green with hint of brown (never dark brown) and, whatever their shape, have distinct narrow multicellular leaf primordia.

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Distribution in Great Britain and Ireland

View distribution from the BBS Atlas 2014

Similar Species

There are several bulbiliferous Pohlia species with which this could be confused, and microscope checking is advised.

Particular care is needed when identifying plants from disused copper/tin mine workings to avoid any risk of confusion with the very rare P. andalusica. The bulbils of that species are usually distinctly reddish-brown and have larger, wider leaf primordia with overlapping bases.