Tree moss (Climacium dendroides)

  • Mchy Moss

Moss family (Climaciaceae)


Moss forming loose, pale-green sward, turning brown later. Main stem creeps across ground. Stems that rise above ground extend upwards 2-10 cm and are branched in a tree-like manner towards the top. One stem has 4-12 red branches up to 4 cm long. Capsules pale brown, elongate and straight. Presence indicative of a high water table.

Grows in wet woodland, above all in alder forest with currant bushes and willow scrub, as well as on nutrient-rich meadows. Subject to 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