Sunday, January 16, 2011

Garden mosses in Gorseinon

This little ensemble was found growing on bare soil where last years bonfire was located. From top left to bottom right we have Barbula convoluta var. commutata (Lesser Bird's-claw Beard-moss). The large-leaved species are male plants of the aptly named Funaria hygrometrica (Bonfire-moss) and bottom right is Bryum rubens/ruderale (Crimson-tuber Thread-moss / Pea Moss). ID Sam Bosanquet.

Syntrichia ruralis var. ruralis (Great Hairy Screw-moss) is frequent on the composite tiles of the kitchen extension. It appears that Syntrichia ruralis var. ruraliformis (Sand-hill Screw-moss) isn't confined to sand-hills! ID Sam Bosanquet

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