18 June 2013

Tufted Apple-moss on Bishwell Common

The curved shoot tips are a useful indicator for spotting this species.
This scarce species (Philonotis caespitosa) was found on muddy ground in disturbed, rather species-poor Sharp-flowered Rush-pasture (M23a) last week, also a good population of Meadow Thistle (Cirsium dissectum) in adjacent rank Molinia pasture (M24). It's the fist time I've looked at this area and I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of plants in some of the fields.

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