the first was a powerline cut:
i had found Helodium paludosum here and wanted to see if i could find it again. (i didn't).
Powerlines are great places to find disturbed soil bryophytes. Often, as in this one, they have wet areas too, where fun mosses can be found. The most abundant mosses were Polytrichum commune and Aulacomnium palustre. these two were very abundant on the banks.
|Trematodon ambiguus - note the LONG neck to the capsule.|
there was a little brook that ran across the access road and in this i found Scapania nemorosa, Fontinalis antipyretica, Sphagnum sp., Hygrohypnum sp., Racomitrium aciculare (covering the rocks).
But the most exciting species i found looked like this:
See that green fuzz on the left side of the mud crack? yup...that's it!
the second spot i went to was where an old beaver dam used to be, but was now mostly a sedge meadow.
The sedge growth was so dense that there was hardly any mosses at all. i had found Pohlia bulbifera here and was looking for it (even though i just saw it up on the powerline cut.)
i was lucky to find both Pohlia annotina and P. bulbifera:
When i got it under the scope, it turned out to be a Physcomitrium - not pyriforme, but P. immersum - another new species for me and possibly new for mass as well....
So, all in all, a great mini foray for me!