Paludella squarrosa (Hedw.) Brid.
tufted fen-moss (angled paludella moss)

Species Account Author: Wilf Schofield
Extracted from Some Common Mosses of BC

Introduction to the Bryophytes of BC


© Jamie Fenneman     (Photo ID #58487)


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Distribution of Paludella squarrosa
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Species Information

Species description:
Genus name denoting a little marsh in reference to the habitat. Species name describing the leaf arrangement where the upper part of the leaf curves abruptly downward
Sporophytes rare, pale brown when mature.
Distinguishing characteristics:
The regular, five-rowed arrangement of the extremely squarrose leaves, plus the moist calcareous habitat make this moss strikingly distinctive in British Columbia.
Forming dense, tall turfs of yellow-green to pale green plants in which the leaves are arranged in five neat rows. The shoot, when viewed from above, has the leaves radiating like the five arms of a star. Habitat: In calcium-rich wetlands.
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Illustration SourceSome Common Mosses of BC

Habitat and Range

World Distribution

Circumpolar in the Northern Hemisphere; in North America extending southward in the east to the Great Lakes states and in the west to Wyoming.