NS3681 : Woolly Fringe-moss

taken 10 years ago, 3 km from Balloch, West Dunbartonshire, Great Britain

Woolly Fringe-moss
Woolly Fringe-moss
(Racomitrium lanuginosum)

[In older works, the name of the genus is given as Rhacomitrium, with an 'h', but the currently-accepted name is as given above.]

This is a common upland species; the specimen shown here was growing on top of a dry-stone wall (a very common habitat for this species). This moss prefers acidic conditions, and is best suited to colonising fairly flat surfaces. There is a long white wispy hair-point at the tip of each leaf, giving the moss a very distinctive white-fringed appearance, and giving rise to its common name of Woolly Fringe-moss.

The book "British Mosses and Liverworts" (1955), by E.V.Watson, comments: "'Racomitrium heath' is the name given to a plant community of exposed mountain-tops in which this species plays a dominant role. In such places R. lanuginosum forms extensive mats, and is not only the most robust and conspicuous bryophyte but also imparts a definite character to the landscape as a whole."
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Date Taken
Friday, 6 March, 2009   (more nearby)
Saturday, 7 March, 2009
Geographical Context
Heath, Scrub 
Plant (from Tags)
Woolly Fringe-Moss 
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Place (from Tags)
Darleith Muir 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 3615 8185 [10m precision]
WGS84: 56:0.0911N 4:37.7463W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 3615 8185
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EAST (about 90 degrees)
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