06 December 2012

Lyell's Bristle-moss in Gorseinon

The poplars in Parc-y-Werin, Gorseinon have an interesting assemblage of mosses and liverworts and today I noticed the distinctive Lyell's Bristle-moss (Orthotrichum lyellii) growing on the nearest poplar to the car park. It's distinctive characters, best seen when dry, are the slender upward curving branches that are covered with a dusting of brown gemmae (asexual propagules). 

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