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Polytrichum formosum

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 30 April 2011 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Series: Belgian bryophyta

Polytrichum formosum (NL: Fraai haarmos / EN: Bank Haircap) is a typical moss of deciduous woodlands in the lowlands, on soils from strongly acidic to nearly neutral, but most frequent where mildly acidic. It is a medium-sized plant with erect, unbranched, scattered shoots in loose tufts, 5–10 cm tall, and leaves 1 cm long or slightly more. The bright, dark green, straight leaves hug the stem, becoming wavy and duller when dry. The spreading, narrow, triangular limb extends from a matt, colourless sheathing base. Narrow, colourless margins are distinctly toothed, and become inrolled to protect the up to 70 ridges of tissue on the upper surface of the nerve as the leaf dries out. The capsule is borne on a 2.5–6 cm seta, yellowish above, red below. Capsules are frequent and covered by the calyptra when mature.

Image: Wijnegem (BE) - 20/03/2011

Canon EOS 400D 1/125 second F/5.6 ISO 200 150 mm

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Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

Deze haarmos is heel mooi in beeld gebracht! Een prachtig lijnenspel en warme kleuren.

30 Apr 2011 6:46am

Marilla from Turku, Finland

Superb shot, soft and beautiful! *****

30 Apr 2011 9:18am

sawsengee from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

wonderful image....lovely colours, melting backgkround & good use of depth of field

30 Apr 2011 9:27am

Oleg from Podolsk, Russian Federation

Magnificent photography! The only sharp stalk creates all charm!

30 Apr 2011 8:43pm

Christine from Duns, United Kingdom


1 May 2011 7:40am

kgoks from Kanagawa, Japan

Superb DOF

1 May 2011 11:10am

Canon EOS 400D
1/125 second
ISO 200
150 mm