Species Factsheet

Campylopus introflexus


Complete name: Campylopus introflexus (Hedw.) Brid.
Taxonomy: Bryophyta » Bryophyta » Bryopsida » Dicranales » Dicranaceae » Campylopus introflexus
Authors: Phil Lambdon
Last updated: November 3rd, 2006

Common Names

Heath star moss.


Campylopus introflexus (Hedw.) Brid.

Short Description

A moss with leaves tapering to a long, whitish hair-point. When plants dry the leaves become crisp, twisting slightly round the stem (5 cm long), with the hair-points bent at right angles, horizontally outwards. The capsules are produced in spring, on the end of long, flexuous seta and covered by a beaked calyptra which is soon shed. Prior to maturity, the setum grows bent double, so that the capsule remains buried in the upper leaves.