Burned Out Bonfire-moss

Bonfire-moss Funaria hygrometrica

This is Bonfire-moss (Funaria hygrometrica) which has now come to its end leaving this deep red colour.


Rear garden, Staffordshire, England. June 2017.

Alien Forest In A Plant Pot

Bonfire-moss (Funaria hygrometrica)

Bonfire-moss Funaria hygrometrica

I have a small plant pot by my water butt which has some liverwort growing in it last time I looked. This time I looked it had something else growing in it, this rather untidy looking yet delightful moss. Note the long, swan-neck seta.

Bonfire-moss Funaria hygrometrica

Bonfire-moss Funaria hygrometrica

Bonfire-moss Funaria hygrometrica

Bonfire-moss

Funaria hygrometrica

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.