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Orthotrichum anomalum

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 3 March 2012 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Series: Belgian bryophyta

Orthotrichum anomalum (NL: Gesteelde haarmuts / EN: Anomalous Bristle-moss / DE: Stein-Goldhaarmoos / FR: ? ) differs from most members of the genus in growing on rocks or masonry rather than trees. It is a more or less ubiquitous species, found on concrete, gravestones, wall tops and other man made structures. Also common on exposed limestone, but absent from chalk. It is not found on acidic rock. O. anomalum occasionally grows on trees and shrubs, which can be very muddling! The dark reddish-brown ripe capsules of O. anomalum are held well above low cushions of straight-leaved, green or brown shoots on a 2–4 mm long seta: a distinctive appearance not shared by other common mosses of the lowlands, except Ulota species that grow on trees and shrubs. Each capsule has 16 erect outer peristome teeth and strong ribs when it is dry. Mature capsules are reddish-brown, but light green when unripe. The calyptra is light brown and is sparsely hairy. Shoots are typically about 1.5 cm tall, with leaves 2.5–4 mm long, and capsules about 2 mm long.
(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 1/100 second F/8.0 ISO 100 150 mm

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Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

beautiful macro ! light and details are fantastic, I love the bokeh ! great series !

3 Mar 2012 1:29pm

@Anna.C: Thank you very much for your visit and comment, Anna. Glad you like the series.

christine from oelegem, Belgium

Leuk, die twee in één druppeltje. Ik ben benieuwd of er ook achterlichtjes in je serie zitten.

3 Mar 2012 5:36pm

@christine: Dat was ook het detail dat mij opviel en de foto net dat tikje extra gaf ten opzichte van andere van dezelfde soort. De achterlichtjes stonden er ook ... :-) ... Groetjes !

omid from mashhad, Iran


3 Mar 2012 6:12pm

@omid: Thanks for your enthousiast comment, Omid. Greetz !

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

very nice

3 Mar 2012 11:48pm

@john4jack: The world of mosses is very diverse ... Think you have seen this for yourself already ... Greetz !

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