Tortella inflexa

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Identification notes

If you’re in soft limestone or chalk country keep an eye out for this very small, bright green species. When you come across a patch growing on a limestone rock in woodland or an arable field, your first impression is likely to be of a non-fruiting Weissia, for its leaves are long and narrow with incurved margins and end in a hooded or boat-shaped tip. But Weissia species don’t grow on rock. Look for it in dry but sheltered places.

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Distribution in Great Britain and Ireland

This little moss can be locally frequent in areas with the right kind of geology, but it is absent from much of the country and many bryologists are unfamiliar with it.

View distribution from the BBS Atlas 2014

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