Monday, 19 March 2018

Campylopus introflexus leaf section

Showing the one cell high ridges on the dorsal side of the leaf and the hyalocysts (empty cells) on the ventral side of the costa

Campylopus introflexus

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Fossombronia pusilla, Dalgety Bay, Fife

Been a while since I posted anything to here but since I just came across one of my favourite liverworts I feel like I should.

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Blackford Hill, Edinburgh, 22/10/16

A recording outing to Blackford Hill / Hermitage of Braid had the usual handful of new species to the mass of species you come across regularly. This Grimmia lisae had to be taken home to be confirmed while the Syntrichia intermedia was also nice. Even nicer was Syntrichia papillosa which I was too full of lunch to remember to photograph apparently.

Grimmia lisae - confirmed by leaf section

Syntrichia intermedia

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Learning to love the Sphagnales, IV - S.papillosum versus S.palustre

S.papillosum versus S.palustre from IFLI field day at West Moss, Fallin.

These are both big, blousy species in the section Sphagnum. The papillosum on the left here shows the stubby sausage branches, though I think it may not always be so simple

Thursday, 26 May 2016

Racomitrium aciculare glamourshot

Another one from Mull, though pretty common, at least in Scotland and the west

Friday, 20 May 2016

Learning to love the Sphagnales III - S.subnitens

Still trying to learn to love the Sphagnum. This one comes from the Isle of Mull and it has some signature features that ought to make it readily identifiable in the field ... maybe.

First up it's a bit dingy lookg - at least this one is. It isn't always, apparently. But the capitulum also has a tendency to a green centre with more red pigments around the outside. Like so:

Next it has a reddish stem, almost triangular upright stem leaves (but slightly more "square" proximally), and typically two branching stems and one trailing. Like so:

Seems like that's enough to be going on with. I kind of fell, sort of, that I would know it again if I were to come face to face with it. Though I probably will have forgotten its name by then!

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Scorpidium scorpioides

An oldie but a goodie, a fat, julaceous moss from a flush on the Isle of Mull - and the best moss name ever