Rugose fork-moss (Dicranum polysetum)

  • Mchy Moss

Moss family Dicranaceae

Moss forming loose yellow-green and slightly shiny carpets, of heights 6-12 cm. Stems to apices covered very densely with rhizoids, yellow-brown at bottom, pale at top. Leaves distinctly folded transversely, of lengths to 10 mm, lanceolate, with margin strongly toothed in upper half. Setae red and yellow, up to 5 per stem. Sporangium bent, with longitudinal furrow. Species present in wide range of different habitats, growing in all types of coniferous forest, more rarely in tall oak-lime-hornbeam forest, as well as alder forest. 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.