This moss forms dense tufts or mats, has distinctive red stems, and the way the shoots bend backwards gives the moss a star-like appearance. Fruiting is very rare.
Found on damp grass and banks in woodland, by streams and in marshes, and often in lawns. Common and widespread.
Photographs of Springy Turf-moss (Rhytidiadelphus squarrosus) taken February 2014, nature reserve, Staffordshire. © Pete Hillman 2014. Camera used Nikon Coolpix P500.