Silky Wall Feather-moss Homalothecium sericeum

Whilst walking long the Bewdley quayside in Severn Side South Ann Hill photographed this moss. In the hot weather it was drying out, but mosses soon revive when they are moistened by the next rain and this allows them to survive in dry situations. This species is commonly found on rocks and tree bark as well as man-made structures, especially where the substrate is base-rich.

Silky Wall Feather-moss Homalothecium sericeum, Bewdley quayside, 5 July 2017 ©Ann Hill

Frizzled Pincushion, Ulota phyllantha

Ann Hill pointed out this small delicate moss on the trunk of an oak tree. A brown nerve protrudes from the tip of each leaf and these are often surrounded by clusters of brown gamma. The leaves curl up when dry. This is not common in Wyre, so it was good to record it this week. It has increased in Britain in recent years.

Frizzled Pincushion Ulota phyllantha, New Parks, 3 May 2017 ©Rosemary Winnall

Bryophytes in Wyre

Winter is a good time to look out for mosses and liverworts in Wyre as they grow well in cool wet conditions, and many fruit during this time which helps identification. Good places to look are brooksides and tree trunks in stream valleys. But they can be found in all habitats as well as in gardens, on walls and fences.

Mosses: Common Tamarisk-moss Thuidium tamariscinum and Bank Haircap Polytrichastrum formosum, Postensplain, 28 March 2016 ©Rosemary Winnall

Moss Marsh Bryum, Bryum pseudotriquetrum, Pound Green Coppice, 28 March 2916 ©Rosemary Winnall

Liverwort Plagiochila asplenioides, Greater Featherwort, 22 Jan 2011 ©Rosemary Winnall

Greater Whipwort, Bazzania trilobata

This bright green leafy liverwort is found in humid oak woodland especially in the west of Britain. It is at the eastern edge of its range in Wyre where it can be seen in damp places in shaded valleys. The tip of each leaf has 3 short teeth as the name implies.

Greater Whipwort, Bazzania trilobata, New Parks, 8 November 2015 ©Rosemary Winnall