On sweet chestnut logs (bottom right of the second picture) on edge of beech woodland
No interactions present.
so reluctant to be too confident with any IDs yet. Gradually trying to identify all my local common species
better to give a tentative ID than none you might be right!
University of Edinburgh and Biodiversity Observatory (OU)
BTW, really enjoyed Demons in Eden
Thanks! Have you read "An Orchard Invisible: A natural history of seeds"?
It's on the list. Currently reading Porley + Hodgetts book on mosses, EO Wilson's The Diversity of Life, and Humboldt's South American journal.
I'm in very good company, then!
You're right to be cautious! I know many bryologists that would not officially record this species without sporophytes. :)
Experts are right be cautious, but if you are a beginner afraid to venture a name, its hard to learn anything.
I am not a bryophyte expert but I would say it could just as likely be H. andoi - even though H andoi is normally more slender I did have a specimen IDd by the BBS for me which was robust and with larger scales like this specimen (in fact I posted it on ispot so it should be out there somewhere!)
Hi, Bethan, the only moss I can find in your observations is this one http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/301174 so if you have a photo of the specimen of H. andoi that has be independently verified, do put it in iSpot.
Having been out with the SE BBS group a few times now, I would also be reluctant to name this to species without sporophytes.
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