Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Wall mosses at Lunnon

Not so sure about these (specimens collected for det.), both found growing on a roadside wall made of limestone rocks, the first one in semi-shade near the base of the wall.

cf Racomitrium aquaticum (Narrow-leaved Fringe-moss): supposed to occur in moist river valleys, so may have this one wrong, though keyed out pretty well? [I now strongly susupect this is Anomodon viticulosus (Rambling Tail-moss), confirmed by Sam Bosanquet]
Id'd by Sam Bosanquet as Tortella nitida (Neat Crisp-moss) with springtails in attendance. Dentated, untoothed leaf margins with leaf tips frequently snapped off.

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