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Syntrichia intermedia

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 28 February 2012 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Series: Belgian bryophyta

Syntrichia intermedia (syn: Tortula intermedia)(NL: Vioolsterretje / EN: Intermediate Screw-moss / DE: Haar-Drehzahnmoos / FR: Syntrichia intermédiaire ) is dull green to golden green and grows in tufts or loose cushions. Stems can range from 1 to 4 cm tall. When dry, the approximately 4 mm long leaves are spirally twisted or incurved, giving the plant a distinctive appearance. The leaf is slightly narrowed at the halfway point, the lower half having recurved margins. The tip is rounded and flat. The leaves spread out widely from the stem when moist, but are not strongly recurved. Dry leaves may appear pointed because they fold up along
their length, making them seem tapered at the tip (the rounded tip is an important field character for this species). The stout, reddish-brown nerve projects from the leaf tip into a long, silvery white hair point with small, coarse teeth. Capsules are cylindrical and erect, ripening to a reddish-brown. They are frequent, and are produced in spring and summer.
S. intermedia is usually found in calcareous places. Typical habitats include roofs, calcareous rocks and walls and sunny, exposed, stony ground.
(info on the species based on: "Mosses and Liverworts of Britain and Ireland - a field guide" published by the British Bryological Society)

Image: Ranst (B) - 31/01/2012

Canon EOS 400D 1/2500 second F/4.5 ISO 200 150 mm

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omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice!!!
so beautiful colors!!!

28 Feb 2012 9:07am

@omid: Thanks, Omid.

Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

Prachtige foto met mooie belichting.

28 Feb 2012 9:10am

@Aubélia: Bedankt, Aubélia. Groetjes !

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

That is fantastic shot. Perfect in every way.

28 Feb 2012 11:15am

@Ana Lúcia: Glad you like this image this much, Ana. Thanks for your comment. Greetz !

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Beautiful.. lovely shot

28 Feb 2012 11:42am

@Sarito: Thank you very much, Sarito.

Lia from Zwolle, Netherlands

prachtige foto!
Het mooie licht maakt deze foto bijzonder.

28 Feb 2012 1:30pm

@Lia: In fotografie draait alles toch om licht ... hoe mooier het licht - hoe aangenamer de foto volgens mij. Groetjes !

Loretta from Pretoria, South Africa

Magic image and fascinating detail in the description!

28 Feb 2012 2:31pm

@Loretta: Thanks, Loretta.

Bertrand Duhamel from Roxton Pond, Quebec, Canada

Stunning picture with great details ! The light is gorgeous... congrats!

28 Feb 2012 5:29pm

@Bertrand Duhamel: Thank you very much for your visit and comment, Bertrand.

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States


29 Feb 2012 1:23am

@john4jack: Thanks again, Jack.

Canon EOS 400D
1/2500 second
ISO 200
150 mm