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 cold...so 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|