This is a bright, yellow-green moss which forms cushions or tufts on substrates. The shoots are around 0.5-2cm high and have spreading leaves. The leaves are up to 1.5mm long and have a shortly tapered tip. Capsules are rare, but when they do occur they are usually in abundance. The leaves around the base of the seta (spore-bearing stem), enfold it, hence the scientific name ‘convoluta‘.
Found on paths, in gardens, fields and on walls. Common and widespread.
Photographs of Lesser Bird’s-claw Beard-moss (Barbula convoluta) taken February 2014, on front driveway and stonework, Staffordshire. © Pete Hillman 2014. Camera used Nikon D3200, with 18-15mm lens with added opteka magnifier.