Rhodobryum roseum

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Identification notes

Even people with no interest in mosses love Rhodobryum. There is something at once striking and cheerful about its large, rosettes of bright green leaves and it is just uncommon and elusive enough to retain an air of mystery. Also, Rhodobryum always indicates nice habitat and other interesting species are usually not very far away.

Rhodobryum seems relatively indifferent to habitat, although it always lives in open places on well-drained and nutrient-poor soils. Although ant-hills in old grassland are its best known habitat, it is oddly missing from many where the habitat appears suitable.

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Distribution in Great Britain and Ireland

View distribution from the BBS Atlas 2014

Resources you may find useful

Holyoak, D. 2021. European Bryaceae.

David Holyoak’s book contains keys, detailed morphological, ecological and taxonomic descriptions and diagrams showing key features – and is highly recommended for anyone wishing to get to know Bryum species.

The Bryophyte identification page under Resources contains additional information on the genus Bryum, including an early version of the keys now published in David Holyoak’s book.

Bryophyte identification resources

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