Information from Samblasõbrad, www.sisu.ut.ee/samblasober
Photos Arne Ader
Estonian text posted 18.01.2018
Stair-step moss; Glittering Wood-moss Harilik laanik Hylocomium splendens
The stair-step moss was elected as Moss of the Year 2018.
The stairstep moss is quite common in Estonia; it occurs in dry pine forests as well as in swampy spruce stands, on tussocks in bogs as well as in pebbly alvars.
The moss of the year is easy to recognize by its fronds forming layers or “steps”.