Sphagnum capillifolium

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Sphagnum capillifolium
Small red peat moss (Orphan Lk) 3.JPG
Small red peat moss in Lake Superior Provincial Park
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Bryophyta
Class: Sphagnopsida
Subclass: Sphagnidae
Order: Sphagnales
Family: Sphagnaceae
Genus: Sphagnum
Species: S. capillifolium
Binomial name
Sphagnum capillifolium
(Ehrh.) Hedw.
  • S. palustre var. capillifolium Ehrh.
  • S. acutifolium var. capillifolium (Ehrh.) Funck
  • S. nemoreum

Sphagnum capillifolium, the red bogmoss[1] or small red peat moss, is a species of peat moss native to Canada, the northern United States, Greenland and Europe.[2] Small red peat can be distinguished by its sweeping, outward-curving branches that resemble tresses.


Small red peat is a brownish-green to pinkish-red moss forming tight, carpet-like mounds. The leaves have no midrib and are tongue-shaped with a bluntly-pointed tip.[3]



  1. ^ Edwards, Sean R. (2012). English Names for British Bryophytes. British Bryological Society Special Volume. 5 (4 ed.). Wootton, Northampton: British Bryological Society. ISBN 978-0-9561310-2-7. ISSN 0268-8034. 
  2. ^ Flora of North America. n.d. Sphagnum capillifolium (Ehrh.) Hedw.
  3. ^ Legasy, K., LaBelle-Beadman, S. & Chambers, B. 1995. Forest Plants of Northeastern Ontario. Lone Pine Printers & Queen's Printer for Ontario: Edmonton. ISBN 1-55105-064-1