Aulacomnium palustre (NL: Roodviltmos / EN: Bog Bead-moss or Ribbed Bog Moss) is a moss that is nearly cosmopolitan in distribution and is frequent in arctic to subboreal wetlands. It forms tufts 3–12 cm tall, with pale yellow-green leaves that contrast strongly with the ginger-brown, felt-like rhizoids which cover the stem. Shoots occasionally terminate in an elongated stalk with a terminal cluster of gemmae. When dry, the leaves become somewhat crisped and twisted. The leaves are 4–6 mm long near the top of the shoot, but shorter below, spearhead-shaped, shortly pointed, matt and pale yellow-green.
Image: Schilde (BE) - 25/03/2011
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