Creeping chain weed (Catenella caespitosa)
|Researched by||Paolo Pizzolla||Refereed by||Admin|
|Authority||(Withering) L.M.Irvine, 1976|
|Other common names||-||Synonyms||Catenella repens (Withering) L.M.Irvine, 1976|
A moss-like plant with an irregularly and highly branched frond. The frond is constricted at intervals into different sized segments and the holdfast is a mass of tangled fibres. The plant is small (growing up to 2 cm tall) and is dark purple.
Recorded distribution in Britain and IrelandWidely distributed and common to rocky shores on all coasts of the UK and Ireland.
HabitatIt is commonly found on the middle to upper levels of rocky shores, but is restricted to sheltered and shaded conditions. It can also sometimes be found in estuaries. It often grows together Gelidium pusillum, with which it can be confused.
- Small, up to 2 cm tall.
- Dark purple in colour.
- Moss-like, with irregularly and highly branched fronds.
- Frond constricted at intervals.
- Holdfast a mass of tangled fibres.
Can be confused with the lichen Lichina pygmaea but is found in damper and less exposed locations, tends to be lower on the shore, and is composed of small dark purple flattened fronds.
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Last Updated: 26/06/2003