Polytrichum piliferum (Bristly Haircap - Ruig haarmos) is a low-growing (usually about 4 cm or less), species that forms open patches. It is an effective colonist and pioneer of dry, acidic substrates. The capsules are borne on a 1–3 cm long reddish seta. The capsule is covered when young by a whitish, hairy calyptra.
Yesterdays walk was the perfect timing to find these young capsules on massive patches and with the sun shining through, they gave the landscape this intense orange/reddisch colour - a sensational feeling this early in spring !
Kalmthout (Be) - 18/03/2010
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