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Monday, 31 March 2014

Sterling Moss - Beginners Guide to the Bryophyte

PDF's Link To the BBS Fact Sheets For Each Species for ID Facts

Mosses are particulatly interesting in that they do not have the usual Xylem and Phloem to transport water and nutrients so are therefore low growing plants . and have a very shallow root system of rhizoids Three distinct families are shown below

 Springy Turf-moss (Rhytidiadelphus squarrosus)  Click Text

Springy Turf-moss 25821

Red Stalk

Rough-stalked Feather-moss (Brachythecium rutabulum) Click text

Rough-stalked Feather-moss 25851

Grey-cushioned Grimmia (Grimmia pulvinata)  Click text

Grey-cushioned Grimmia 25841

Neat Feather-moss (Scleropodium purum)

Neat Feather-moss 25898




 Cypress-leaved Plait-moss Hypnum cupressiforme

Water Earwort Scapania undulata  (Photos (C) 2016 Gordon Jackson)


Forked Veilwort 6604

Forked Veilwort 6645

Bluish Veilwort Metzgeria violacea



Key feature Gmmae at forked tios


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    1. Thanks jimmy - as you probably know there is alsways a litlle voise saying -could do better may be next time - many thanks

  2. On some of the images reference is made to seta, incorrectly I do believe. Unless there are hairs on the capsule stalks/stems to which the reference is made, if not then then the latter is what they are. Seta are, as I've just mentioned, hairs, which can be found on stems, leaves and probably on other parts of mosses. I have been led to believe that the seta eluded to in moss ID's are the, usually white, appendage at leaf tips. I hasten to add that bryophytes are a relative new subject to me re ID's.
    With respect,

    1. HTH . With respect and regard to the short comment on Seta on the blog it means different things in different circumstances for Bryophytes the diagram correctly shows what the Seta is - see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seta RE Plant Seta - It is in fact a stalk not a series of hairs on stalk