Can you identify this moss which is found in a regenerating heathland area on a nearby Common on clay with flints overlying chalk geology in the Chilterns near Tring. I thought the red flower-like structures looked unusual and I could not find it in the woodland moss field guide I have.
The reddish-brown bits are male inflorescences.
In your field guide, try Polytrichum, eg.:
- P. juniperinum
- P. commune
- there are other P. species in Britain
Thanks for this, Mike. I think the first of your 2 suggestions looks more likely. And thanks for the web links as well. My field guide only has the commune version so great to see the juniperinum.
In that case, to make sure you are not overlooking another species of Polytrichum,
take a look at the other species online, eg.
- The BBS's 'Mosses and Liverworts of Britain and Ireland: A Field Guide'
http://www.bbsfieldguide.org.uk/ (but I see that is offline at the moment...)
It is also available as a real book - http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/0956131018
There are some sites which provive excellent info on mosses,
but not necessarily for all the species found in the UK, eg.: