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Dicranum polysetum

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 2 May 2011 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Series: Belgian bryophyta

Dicranum polysetum (NL: Gerimpeld gaffeltandmos / EN: Rugose Fork-moss) is a lowland moss of the ground in coniferous woodland and plantations, but also occurring in heathy birch woodland and on mires. A scarce species, but one which is apparently spreading slowly. It is a robust moss, forming open patches up to 15 cm tall. The approximately 7.5–10 mm long leaves are narrowly spearhead-shaped with the upper ones erect and those below spreading and only occasionally somewhat curved. They are strongly undulate, coarsely toothed some distance down from the tip and the lower leaf margins are recurved. The nerve has 2 strongly toothed, raised lines of cells at the back above. The stem is covered by dense, felt-like rhizoids.

Image: Schilde (BE) - 25/03/2011

Canon EOS 400D 1/100 second F/7.1 ISO 200 150 mm

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Christine from Duns, United Kingdom

Fantastic, like leaves of gold

2 May 2011 7:07am

Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

Prachtig! Een leuk effect met de scherpte en onscherpte.

2 May 2011 8:42am

Marilla from Turku, Finland

Wow, I have never seen such shining moss! Incredible.

2 May 2011 3:39pm

Tomek from PoznaƄ, Poland

Nicely captured. Beautiful colors and nice treatment.

2 May 2011 5:19pm

Oleg from Podolsk, Russian Federation

Unusual plant. Excellent DOF!

2 May 2011 5:52pm

Canon EOS 400D
1/100 second
ISO 200
150 mm