Polytrichum commune


Common Names: Common haircap, great golden maidenhair, great goldilocks, common haircap moss, common hair moss
Category: Mosses
Sub-category: Haircap Mosses


The species can be exceptionally tall for a moss with stems exceeding 1 foot and rarely reaching up to 28 inches, but it is most commonly found at shorter lengths of 2 to 4 inches. It is dark green in colour, but becomes brownish with age. The stems can occur in either loose or quite dense tufts, often forming extensive colonies.

It typically grows in bogs, wet heathland and along forest streams.

Edible Notes: No available information on edibility.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.
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