Dicranella heteromalla (NL: Gewoon pluisjesmos / EN: Silky Forklet-moss) is a very common moss in a variety of acidic habitats, and which is frequent on woodland banks, tree stumps, tree roots, hedge banks, dry peaty banks, and in sheltered soil in crevices on crags and gullies in the mountains. Leaves are more or less curved, 3–3.5 mm long, pointing in one direction when moist, and hardly altered when dry. The leaf base is egg-shaped and tapers to a long, fine, channelled point which is toothed, especially near the tip. Capsules are common, horizontal or inclined, elliptical in shape and not swollen at the base. The yellow seta becomes browner with age.
Image: Zoersel (BE) - 15/02/2011
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