Species: Tender Feather-moss (Rhynchostegiella tenella)

Family: Feather Mosses (BRACHYTHECIACEAE)

Category: Non-Flowering Plants

Location: Widespread

A. Non-Flowering Plants

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


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

C. Tender Feather-moss (Rhynchostegiella tenella)

The slender prostrate shoots of this moss grow closely to its substrate, preferring base-rich rock or mortar in shady or well sheltered situations, such as at bases of gravestones in the cemetery. Its leaves are extremely slender and spearhead-shaped. This moss is like a very fluffy, very fine compact and dense grass.

Additional Information


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.

The Mosses of Heene Cemetery is a blog post on our website which gathers together photographs of all the species in the Cemetery - along with other interesting information about mosses.


Tender Feather-moss

Tender Feather-moss has leaves that are extremely slender and spearhead-shaped.

Tender Feather-moss

Tender Feather-moss is like a very fluffy, very fine compact and dense grass.