Species description: Genus name referring to the cord-like twisting of the drying seta (hence "cord moss" as a popular name). Species name also denoting the twisting and curling of the seta of this species in response to changing moisture in the air.
Reproduction: Sporophytes common in spring to summer.
Comments: The consistent appearance of this moss on the sites of abandoned bonfires and after forest fires is intriguing.
Distinguishing characteristics: The pale yellow, extremely curved seta, when young and the very inflated lower part of the long-snouted calyptra added to the sheathing leaves at the seta base, provide characters that quickly identify this moss. In mature sporangia the grooves are distinctive.
Habit: Short loose turfs of yellow-green, glossy, often bulb-like plants.
Similar Species: F. muhlenbergii lacks the curved seta and grows on somewhat shaded, usually fine-textured soil.
Habitat / Range
On bare disturbed soil, especially frequent on burned-over sites but also in gardens and neglected agricultural land. A common greenhouse weed.
Worldwide, probably most frequent in areas of human habitation but also in natural vegetation, mainly at lower elevations.
Recommended citation: Author, Date. Page title. In Klinkenberg, Brian. (Editor) 2019. E-Flora BC:
Electronic Atlas of the Plants of British Columbia [eflora.bc.ca]. Lab for
Advanced Spatial Analysis, Department of Geography, University of British
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