Monday, 24 August 2015

Wanlockhead, 22/08/2015

A small handful of us walked through a grey day, ducking between gold panners (ok there were only 3) along the lead mine route from Wanlockhead. There was a  slim chance of Ditrichum plumbicola if we hit lucky on the lead works spoil heaps. In the end that didn't "pan" out, although one lucky couple we bumped into had scooped a couple of flakes of gold for their back pains.

Highlight of the day for me was Leptodontium flexifolium,  and the Pellia neesiana was also nice. In addition to the bryophytes there was a remarkable collection of lichens, though putting a name to all of them is far beyond my current capabilities.

Additional linkage
Hybrid Forget-me-not
Leptodontium BBS Field Guide page

The location

The crew

The bryophtes - liverworts
Barbilophozia barbata

Pellia neesiana

Pellia neesiana

Aneura pinguis

Scapania nemoria
The bryophtes - mosses
Oligotrichum on bare soil bank

Oligotrichum with Nardia

Clamacium dendroides "forest"

Leptodontium flexifolium nestled into a rotting fencepost top
Orthotrichum - tenellum?

Grimmia donniana

Grimmia donniana

Sphagnum (rubellum?)

Warnstorfia exannulata

The vasculars

Parnassia palustris

Hybrid Myosotis x bollandica

The lichens

Rhizocarpon geographicum - "map lichen"

Omphalina umbellifera

Ramalina farinacea (fructose) and Parmelia saxatilis (foliose)

Usnea subfloridana

Stereocaulon dactylophyllum

Lecidea lithophila? (not ID'able in the field

Rhizocarpon reductum

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