Little marsh moss
The scientific name for Tufted fen-moss is Paludella squarrosa. “Palud” comes from the latin word for “marsh” referring to the species’ preferred wet habitat. The ending “ella” refers to the plant being small in size, so the name translates as “little marsh moss”.
A circumpolar plant
Tufted fen-moss is circumpolar in distribution. On the most recent expedition, Jennifer Doubt, a botanist with the Canadian Museum of Nature, found this moss in both Canada and Greenland! If the expedition had continued to travel west, this moss would also have been found in Europe and Asia, especially in Siberia.
A sight for sore eyes
When you look at it up-close, Tufted fen-moss is one of the most distinctive mosses around. It resembles no other! No wonder it is a favourite for many bryologists, which is what we call people who study mosses!