This can be quite an untidy-looking plant, especially when in abundance with long, 3-5cm swan-neck setae. The short 3-10mm green shoots form loose carpets. The egg-shaped leaves vary in size from 2-4mm long, and are translucent.
It is a colonist of bare, disturbed ground enriched with nutrients, and is particularly characteristic of old bonfire sites, hence its common name. Frequent and widespread throughout Britain.
Photograph taken of Bonfire-moss (Funaria hygrometrica) in February 2014, nature reserve, Staffordshire. © Pete Hillman 2014. Camera used Nikon Coolpix P500.