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Star Moss (Polytrichum Commune)

Rob Spencer (February)



Generations of Mountain Leaders have been identifying Star Moss for their clients as they explore the mountains of Wales. It is also known as Common Hair or Haircap Moss but my favourite common name is Great Goldilocks.



It's plain to see why this easily identified plant is beloved by the ML fraternity but did you know that it is also popular with model railway enthusiasts who use it as pine trees for their models.
Polytrichum commune may be a really common sight but it is quite unique because unlike most other mosses it possesses water conducting tissue just like trees and flowering plants






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