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Homalothecium sericeum

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 21 April 2011 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Series: Belgian bryophyta

Homalothecium sericeum (NL: Gewoon zijdemos / EN: Silky Wall Feather-moss) grows on hard surfaces, both on rocks and tree bark. It favours base-rich rocks and may be abundant on limestone walls and crags. The green or golden green main shoots grow closely appressed to the substrate, sometimes reaching many centimetres in length. They have short (less than 1 cm), crowded side branches that curve upwards and inwards when dry, with leaves closely appressed. On wetting, the branches rapidly straighten and the leaves spread outwards as in this image. Leaves are 2.5–3 mm long, strongly pleated, narrowly spearhead-shaped, widest at the base, and taper evenly to a finely pointed tip. The margins are weakly toothed.

Image: Schilde (BE) - 01/03/2011

Canon EOS 400D 1/13 second F/5.6 ISO 200 150 mm

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Sylvie49 capture image from Anjou - Maine et Loire, France

Pleins de petites étoiles jaunes ... c'est superbe.

21 Apr 2011 6:22am

Christine from Duns, United Kingdom

Beautiful macro, love the green and the light you have captured

21 Apr 2011 6:42am

Olivier from Manage, Belgium

Nice pdc...

21 Apr 2011 7:06pm

Marilla from Turku, Finland

I love these 'stars', this is one of my favourite mosses. Lovely light in this shot.

23 Apr 2011 3:17pm

Canon EOS 400D
1/13 second
F/5.6
ISO 200
150 mm

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