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Syntrichia ruralis subsp. ruraliformis

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 17 April 2011 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Series: Belgian bryophyta

Syntrichia ruralis subsp. ruraliformis (NL: Duinsterretje / EN: Sand-hill Screw-moss) often forms extensive mats on loose sand in unstable coastal dunes. Also grows on sandy banks and cliffs on the coast, and sometimes in sandy places such as on roadsides and heaths. Can be confused with S. ruralis subsp. ruralis which, however, either forms discrete cushions or grows as extensive turfs that are shorter than those of subsp. ruraliformis. Subsp. ruralis also has a blunter, more rounded leaf tip. These two subspecies may occur together sometimes as mixed stands), both on the coast and inland.
The blackish/brown round 'items' in the image are just the droppings of a rabbit. It gives an idea of the dimentions of the moss-plants.

Image: Ranst (BE) - 22/02/2011

Canon EOS 400D 1/160 second F/5.6 ISO 200 150 mm

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Canon EOS 400D
1/160 second
ISO 200
150 mm