Ostrich-plume feather-moss (Ptilium crista castrensis)

  • Mchy Moss

Moss family (Hypnaceae)


Moss forming extensive loose sward of pale green colour. Stems 5-10 cm long, plumose (feather-like) thanks to very regular pinnate branching in one plane. Side branches around 2 cm long. Stems downcurved into sickle shape at end, with broader base of plume narrowing to sharp-pointed apex. Rarely-seen red, ovate-shaped capsules on crook-shape setae up to 4 cm long. An inhabitant of coniferous forests, present in pine or spruce stands; though also noted in alder forests with bog-mosses. Enjoys Partial Protection.


Descriptions devised by the team at the Independent Department of Forest Botany, Warsaw University of Life Sciences, i.e. L. Witkowska-Żuk, K. Marciszewska, W. Ciurzycki, A. Obidziński and P. Zaniewski.