Feather mosses

Feather mosses are another group of mosses you are likely to encounter whilst out doing a Sphagnum survey:

Above are examples of different feather moss species. They share a 'feathery' sometimes fern-like form and tend to sprawl over the ground rather than growing upright. If feather mosses dominate it can be a sign of the bog being too dry.

Feather mosses:

  • Are also found in bogs.
  • Tend to sprawl along the ground.
  • Have shoots which often divide into branches (may look fern-like).
  • Have red or green stems.

Above are some typical examples of feather moss forms - they can look fern like, tend to have branches, and some species have a 'plaited' look.

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