Species: Clustered Feather-moss (Rhynchostegium confertum)

Family: Feather Mosses (Brachytheciaceae)

Category: Non-Flowering Plants

Location: One Sighting

A. Non-Flowering Plants

More extensive information on non-flowering plants can be found in a separate blog post.

B. Feather Mosses (Brachytheciaceae)

Members of this large family have a variety of forms from loose to dense tufts or mats, in a variety of sizes.

C. Clustered Feather-moss (Rhynchostegium confertum)

This is a common moss forming mid-green patches on trees, wood, walls, rockeries or stones. It was found on a gravestone in the cemetery.

Additional Information

Mosses

There are 763 species of British mosses, which are small, non-vascular plants forming dense green clumps or mats in damp or shady places. Perennial mosses are evergreen. Individual plants usually have simple leaves attached to a stem that may be branched or unbranched. Instead of roots mosses have rhizoids. Mosses assist control of soil erosion by providing surface cover and by absorbing water. An important genus is Sphagnum, whose species form peat. Vast mires of moss lock up huge quantities of carbon, of vital importance in the mitigation of climate change.

Mosses reproduce by the release of spores from little capsules on short stalks. Most mosses have one of two growth forms. Acrocarp mosses grow upright, forming mats, with capsules on the tips of their shoots. Pleurocarp mosses have sprawling growth, with capsules on the sides of their shoots.

Images

Clustered Feather-moss

These photographs show Clustered Feather-moss in different stages of its normal development. Some photographs show their stems (sporophytes), whereas other don't. These appear when there is sufficient moisture to encourage their growth.

Clustered Feather-moss

Clustered Feather-moss

Clustered Feather-moss

Clustered Feather-moss

Clustered Feather-moss

Clustered Feather-moss is just one of 763 species of British mosses.