Description: This evergreen moss consists of dense mats of whitish green leafy stems that are up to 1 cm. tall and 5 cm. (2″) or more across. The sparingly. čeština: Prutník stříbřitý. Deutsch: Silbermoos, Silberbirnmoos English: Silvergreen Bryum Moss français: Bryum d’Argent. Habitat. Bryum argenteum is common moss of urban areas. Plants commonly grow in cracks in pavement, on mineral soil, stones, but also in more natural.

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Bryum argenteum is one of the most cosmopolitan mosses found throughout South Africa. It is most easily recognized by its whitish or silvery green leaves.

Bryum argenteum Hedw.

It is widespread in driveways, on sidewalks and in back yards. Bryum argenteum is a bryophyte moss that forms very close tufts or cushions; it occurs in patches or is found as scattered individuals mixed with other mosses.

argnteum Plants are small to medium – sized, 1 – 25 mm long. The stems are julaceous smoothly cylindrical, like a catkinmm tall, yellowish green or red to red-brown, and branched below. The leaves are crowded and tightly held to the stem, overlapping each other, broadly ovate and concave and green below.


The upper surface is hyaline transparentusually with a tapering, short point. The sporophytes consist of yellow to reddish brown, short, arched setae, mm long and red-brown capsules, 1 – 2 mm long, drooping and wrinkled when dry. The plant is perennial.

It is prevalent in atmospherically polluted areas e. The species epithet argenteum refers to the characteristic silvery colour of the plant. The genus Bryum is the largest genus of the family Bryaceae.

Silver Moss (Bryum argenteum)

In sub-Saharan Africa it consists of about 93 species. No uses have been documented for Bryum argenteum in South Africa. However, overseas it is reported to be of value in pollution monitoring and control.

This is due to its ability to tolerate drought and pollution of urban environments.

It is also frequently used for experimental approaches to evolutionary processes. Although it seems to grow widely, it is not cultivated and is reported to have aargenteum in flower pots of soil Fletcher Login to add your Comment Not registered yet? Click here to register. View other plants in this family QR code link View other plants in this genus.


Introduction Bryum argenteum is one of the most cosmopolitan mosses found throughout South Africa. Conservation Status Status None.

Flora of southern Africa, part 1, fasc. The biology of mosses: Blackwell Scientific Publications, Oxford.

Biogeography and conservation of bryophytes. Cambridge University Press, United Kingdom. Rate this plant Is this an interesting plant? Google QR Code Generator. This question is for testing whether or not you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions. What code is in the image? Leave this field blank.