Hair Moss

Name: Hair Moss

Scientific name: Polytrichum spp.

Category: Moss and Lichen

Nature Stars: 30

What are nature stars?

About: The largest British moss, grows in woodland, on heaths and moorland.

How to identify: There are at least five species of Hair Moss in the UK, which are very difficult to tell apart.

Where: Widespread.

Fantastic fact: Gets its name from the The common name derives from the golden, hairy calyptra, which is very conspicuous.

Photograph credit: Eco Heathen


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