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Ulota phyllantha

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 25 April 2011 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Series: Belgian bryophyta

Ulota phyllantha (NL: Broedkroesmos / EN: Frizzled Pincushion) usually grows on the branches and trunks of trees and bushes. It forms pale cushions 1–3.5 cm tall, olive-green above and reddishbrown or almost black below. The leaves are 2.5–4.5 mm long and are straight when moist, but curl up when dry as in the image. Each has a brownish nerve that protrudes from the tip, and this supports a conspicuous cluster of brown gemmae on most of the upper leaves of each shoot. A gemma (plural gemmae) is a single cell, or a mass of cells, or a modified bud of tissue, that detaches from the parent and develops into a new individual. The clusters of gemmae can clearly be seen in this image.

Image: Ranst (BE) - 06/03/2011

Canon EOS 400D 1/50 second F/5.6 ISO 200 210 mm

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Ehlehminee from Los Angeles, California, United States

I am really enjoying your series of green plants. They are all so beautifully captured with such clarity and substance! :)

25 Apr 2011 6:41am

Marilla from Turku, Finland

They look like aliens... I like that bright green.

25 Apr 2011 2:35pm

Canon EOS 400D
1/50 second
ISO 200
210 mm