Rare luminous moss found on Danish island

‘Goblin gold’ not seen since 1980

A rare type of moss, schistostega pennata – which is also called goblin gold, luminous moss  or luminescent moss – has been found on Bornholm. The moss is known for its glowing appearance in dark places.

The discovery on rocks near the small hamlet of Tejn on Bornholm is the first discovery of the delicate plant since 1980.

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Self-confessed plant nerd Tino Hjort Bjerregåård was looking for rare plants when he found the moss.

“It’s great fun when you find something that is so rare,” Bjerregåård told TV2 Bornholm.

Goblin gold has only been found in Denmark on Bornholm, and at only two other locations.