Orthotrichum affine (Wood Bristle-moss) is a common moss in Belgium. It can be found on trees and shrubs and forms loose, slightly branched tufts
0.8–3.5 cm tall, and is dull mid-green or yellowish-green. Individual leaves are about 3 mm long, have recurved margins, and end in an acute tip. Its abundant capsules can be found all year round: they ripen in summer, but old capsules persist into the winter. The old capsules can be seen in this picture. Hope to post a picture with the new capsules somewhere in summer.
Image: Schilde (Be) - 30/01/2010
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