01 June 2013

Bryophyte update

As I've received a sync file from Charles and Hilary with a substantial number of records, the map below brings the bryophyte coverage right up to date. I should have added in my previous post that the vast majority records are from the last four years. I've added a red border to those squares where a nominal target of 70 species has been reached.  Hopefully we'll manage to integrate the historical records made by Roy Perry and others in due course.
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Among those species noted on Stafford Common in Gorseinon last week was Fringed Bog-moss (Sphagnum fimbriatum) which was fruiting prolifically as was Dented Silk-moss (Plagiothecium denticulatum var. denticulatum), though this was much less conspicuous.
Fringed Bog-moss
Fringed Bog-moss capsule (sporophyte)
Dentated Silk-moss was typically found growing on the sides of Molinia tussocks along with Elegant Silk-moss (Pseudotaxiphyllum elegans) and the liverwort Common Pouchwort (Calypogeia fissa).
elongate capsules of Dentated Silk-moss
Mueller's Pouchwort (Calypogeia muelleriana) and Notched Pouchwort (C. arguta) were also found amongst tussocky Molinia mire on the nearby Mynydd Garn-goch last week.
Mueller's Pouchwort

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