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Moss- Fontinalis antipyretica

Observed: 20th February 2011 By: FenwickfieldFenwickfield’s reputation in PlantsFenwickfield’s reputation in PlantsFenwickfield’s reputation in PlantsFenwickfield’s reputation in PlantsFenwickfield’s reputation in Plants
Moss- Fontinalis antipyretica
Moss- Fontinalis antipyretica
Moss- Fontinalis antipyretica
Moss- Fontinalis antipyretica
Description:

Attatched to stone which is flooded when it rains heavy,large soft flexuose plant,capsules rare on short setae and arising from the side's of the shoots.

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PhilT69's picture

These puplish pear-shaped objects cannot be capsules -

they would be very much smaller and totally different shape (tapering towards top - not the base), enclosed in multileaved 'sheath'. See AJE Smith, p494. Could these objects be eggs of some water creature?

Phil T.

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Attatched

I have never seen anything like this they were attatched to the moss and when I put it under the microscope they were just a black grainy powder inside,I suppose if they were eggs they could still be fixed to the moss.I have seen the capsule with the multileaved sheath in my collins moss,fern,lichen book and thought maybe these were just ripe but was wrong to presume,so did I get the moss right or is that wrong too,any suggestion's gladly received

Sheila

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PhilT69's picture

You may have the correct species -

as the leaves do appear to be narrow and boat-like (sharply keeled cross-section). see 'Mosses and Lvrwts of Britn & Ireland - field guide.'pub.BBS
The objects attached to the moss are a mystery to me.

Phil T.

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dont know on the moss species

dont know on the moss species - if it has a 'stout nerve' try Hygroamblystegium sp if growing stream-side on calcareous rocks. It could be Kindbergia praelonga but the main photo doesn't look quite right for that. I think Fontinalis would be more streamlined and triangular-leaved.