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Red moss

Observed: 7th February 2011 By: FenwickfieldFenwickfield’s reputation in PlantsFenwickfield’s reputation in PlantsFenwickfield’s reputation in PlantsFenwickfield’s reputation in PlantsFenwickfield’s reputation in Plants
Red moss
Red moss (2)
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On fallen tree across a stream amazing burgandy moss plus another creeping in which shows the contrast,it felt like velvet and was very tight on the tree,though it was a lichen at first,would love an ID on this please

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Red moss

The lighter moss i think is Thuidium tamariscinum. The red i dont know from experience and can't find any reference too! However, if it is a liverwort rather than a moss it could be Nowellia curvifolia? This is very much a guess but the habitat seems right, unfortunately i've never seen it before so i'm not sure if this matches though it does look like it has suffered some drying out?

Still it might be wort checking if there are no better leads, let us know what it is if/when you find out!

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Hmmmm, dont know about the

Hmmmm, dont know about the purple - the tree looks purple too.

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I can asure you that it was

I can asure you that it was purple and the reason the tree looks the same is because it was rotting the wood and it is reflecting the colour if it was my camera then why did it look the same colour when not photographed and also there would not be such a viberent green next to it.This happens with a green fungus too which dye the wood a blue -green colour. I have never seen this colour moss before either and have searched the web and referance books to. I will get another sample and send it to Kew for a result as I thought it was very interesting and would love a positive ID. In the drying out front,it could have as it was above the water level of the stream but the stream has been above the tree at some stage. will put back on when ID is confirmed Sheila

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sound's more likely

Thank's Nick
I will try and get a sample and put a close up on using my computer microscope which only has a x40 magnification .I will have to wait until the stream has gone down as it is rather high and the tree is in a difficult position.

Sheila

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