The common name–worm moss–is an appropriate name for Bryoandersonia illecebra, as the resemblance is uncanny. Bryoandersonia illecebra is endemic to eastern North America. Although it has a wide distribution across this part of the USA (especially in the southeast), it is quite rare in Canada and “expected” in northeastern Mexico (from link above). Worm moss, also known as spoon moss, prefers habitats of moist soil, low rocks, tree bases, creek bases, and woodlands in deciduous forests.
Bryoandersonia illecebra varies in colour with age. Leafy stems are light-yellow to green when young, and darker golden-brown when older. Growing in dense cushions, the creeping stems overlap and tangle, providing protection to a number of small invertebrates.