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Overleaf Pellia

Observed: 20th March 2013 By: dejayM
Biological Recording In ScotlandHighland Biological Recording GroupOrkney Biodiversity Records Centre
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Little stem
Bent stems
Fresh hair
Spores visible?

Among flat, slightly warty, glossy green 'leaves', a few stalks with black capsule-spheres at the tip, some stems are bent near the sphere. The capsule, where present, is shiny and begins black to brown and, just before opening, becomes tired green. The stems look very delicate but are quite tough
Whilst difficult to say, the burst ones appear to disperse the spores and have lovely fluffy heads, first green hair, then more gingery and eventually quite fair - little ageing hairdo's.
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One of the key features of Pellia epiphylla is the presence of both male and female sex organs on the same thallus. The males ones are not always obvious, and sadly I can't see any in your images, so I couldn't confirm it is this species. However,someone more expert than I may be able to see some other feature that confirms the identity

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Right Tim, thanks
I've read this -
am I going find then this month, bearing in mind the spores are being dispersed?

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I'm afraid I've not got

I'm afraid I've not got enough experience to know, though as the BBS guide says, I've heard it can be tricky!