Monday, December 26, 2011


 Hmm...thought it was a little warmer out...went up Catamount again to try and get some pictures of some Dicranum species as well as other ground mosses. However it was a littler chillier than i thought and my battery in the camera said...meh...i'm too i collected a few common species and brought them home and warmed up my battery.
Thuidium icicles - brrr

  Often called ‘Broom’ mosses for the way their long leaves sweep to one side, like an old broom, the Dicranums are one of our largest families. They are found on a variety of substrates which makes identifying them somewhat easier. Several species also have unique reproductive strategies.

Size comparison of some common Dicranum species
Top Row: D. montanum, D. flagellare, D. fulvum
Bottom Row: D. scoparium, D. polysetum

Dicranum montanum - our smallest dicranum, unassuming,
yet gets around! on tree trunks, tree bases, logs and rocks.

Dicranum flagellare (note the stiff, upright brood branches)
loves rotten logs

Dicranum fulvum - blackish green, loves acid rocks

Dicranum scoparium - one of the most common, classic 'windswept' leaves

Dicranum polysetum - One of our largest dicranums, undulate leaves


  1. I am so excited to find your blog (thanks to the NY Flora Assoc. blog)! I took a bryophyte course in grad school from Dr. Robin Kimmerer, but sadly, it's been a case of "use it or lose it," and I've lost much of the hard-earned ID skills I had.

    We don't have so many mosses here in southern MI where I now live - not like the wonderful mosses I saw daily in the Adirondacks over the last 10 years. Still - new horizons.

    I look forward to relearning my mosses from you.

  2. Thanks Ellen! one of my favorite moss books is 'Gathering Moss' by Robin Kimmerer. I've met a lot of moss people, but, sadly have never met her. I'm glad you're enjoying the blog!

  3. Your blog is very interesting. I especially like the comparisons between species of the same genera. Keep up the good work!

  4. I am a beginner. I think I need your guide. I'm from Indonesia. I'ts nice to see this blog, can you help me? I have some species that I don't know what is it. Wish for you help =')