How to recognize Bryoandersonia illecebra: This moss forms mats of what looks like little green worms, often with whitish tips. This julaceous (with leaves appressed to branches and stems) moss has very concave leaves 1 to 2 mm long with a flat tip, that is often twisted. This twisted tip is visible with a handlens with careful observation. It has a single costa (midvein) that does not reach the leaf tip and no teeth along the leaf margin.
Where to find Bryoandersonia illecebra: It is found on banks in forests and woods, on rocks and tree bases, and in grassy lawns with a little shade. It is found in all the eastern states except for northern New England and is more common in southern states.