Pohlia flexuosa

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Identification notes

At last – a Pohlia that definitely won’t turn out to be P. annotina when you get it home. Pohlia flexuosa is really distinctive (for a bulbiferous Pohlia, that is). From afar, it looks like so many of its close relatives, but examine the shoots with your hand-lens and they’ll look strangely spotty. Clusters of tiny, orange or orange-brown bulbils in many of the leaf axils are the reason and are a little reminiscent of P. camptotrachela.

Under a compound microscope though, the bulbils quickly reveal themselves to be angular and knobbly and like no other Pohlia at all. Easy!

Distribution in Great Britain and Ireland

View distribution from the BBS Atlas 2014

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