Today a very different moss. Aulacomnium androgynum (Aulacomnium moss - "Drumsticks" - Gewoon knopjesmos)
forms small, pale, dull green tufts. Many shoots terminate in an
elongated stalk with a ball of gemmae at the top - the 'drumsticks". These gemmae are a form of asexual reproduction.
The moss can be found on dead wood or on the foot of treetrunks. Individual plants are about 10 mm tall ...
The gemmae on long stalks, coupled with its predilection for growing on wood distinguish this plant from all other mosses.
Image: Schilde (Be) - 11/03/2010
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