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Bryum capillare

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 7 May 2011 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Series: Belgian bryophyta

Bryum capillare (NL: Schroefknikmos / EN: Capillary Thread-moss) is a very common moss that grows in tufts or patches, with stems mostly 1–3 cm tall. Dry plants usually have corkscrew-like shoots, with leaves spirally twisted around the stem. However, in some populations the dry shoots have leaves that are straight or only slightly twisted. The broad leaves are 2–5 mm long, and widest at or above the halfway point. The margins are narrowly recurved and have a well-defined border of narrow cells. The nerve extends into a fine, pale green hair point, which can be short or quite long. B. capillare is dioicous. The large (3.5–5 mm long), cylindrical, drooping capsules ripen in spring and summer, and are borne on
a reddish seta up to 3 cm tall.
Typical habitats include base-rich to slightly acidic soils, grasslands, woodland rides, soil banks and waste ground. However, it just as readily grows on trees, logs, fences, walls, roofs and rocks.

Image: Schilde (BE) - 22/03/2011

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

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daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

Good morning Johan! We´re subject twins today haha - yours is amazing as usual!! The honey-thick light is making my mouth wet ;)
Handful of greeting - wasn´t active here for a long time, family reasons - I hope you are well - your shots are ;)

7 May 2011 8:11am

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Just beautiful - love the bokeh!

7 May 2011 12:52pm

Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

Het knikmos is moooi gefotografeerd. Warme kleurtinten.

7 May 2011 3:02pm

Florence from Paris, France

Fabulous lights and colors again Johan. Incredible focus. Well done. They seem to radiate.

7 May 2011 3:34pm

Oleg from Podolsk, Russian Federation


7 May 2011 5:45pm

Marilla from Turku, Finland

Fantastic shot! Funny to see two photos of the same moss in the same day.

7 May 2011 5:53pm

Christine from Duns, United Kingdom

Stunning light and colours

7 May 2011 7:03pm

jeffrey from Haydenville, United States

excellent shot!

7 May 2011 7:55pm

Tinx from Kuressaare, Estonia

Very nice!

7 May 2011 8:16pm

Jaytee from Fresno, California, United States


7 May 2011 9:58pm

Veronique from Hautes-Pyrénées, France

like candelabra !

8 May 2011 7:05am

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