Red-stemmed feathermoss (Pleurozium schreberi)

  • Mchy Moss

Moss family (Hylocomiaceae)


Moss forming extensive yellow-green and glistening carpets. Stems red, up to 15 cm long, erect, regularly pinnately branched. Side branches up to 1,5 cm long, arranged in two rows in a single plane. Stem leaves broad ovate, with rounded or blunt tips. Rarely-appearing capsules brown, elongate-ovate, on red setae c. 2.5 cm long. A moss of coniferous and mixed/coniferous forests, growing in all types thereof. Also present in marshy forests, especially alder bog-forest type. Under 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