Great Hairy Screw-moss

Syntrichia ruralis subsp. ruralis

Great Hairy Screw-moss (Syntrichia ruralis subsp. ruralis)

This is a bright, golden green moss which forms loose cushions or extensive tufts which are 1-2cm high. The leaves are 4-6mm long, blunt-tipped with a long excurrent silvery hair-like point. When moist the leaves strongly curve away from the stem giving the shoot a star-like appearance. Capsules are rare.

Found on calcareous substrates on walls, rocks and sandy ground, and on old thatch. Common and widespread.

Photograph of Great Hairy Screw-moss (Syntrichia ruralis subsp. ruralis) taken February 2014, nature reserve, Staffordshire. © Pete Hillman 2014. Camera used Nikon Coolpix P500.