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Bryum argenteum

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 5 March 2012 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Series: Belgian bryophyta

Bryum argenteum (NL: Zilvermos / EN: Silver-moss / DE: Silber-Birnmoos / FR: Bryum d'argent) is perhaps the most recognizable of all Belgian mosses. It forms pale green or almost white, compact tufts or patches which look shiny and silvery grey when dry. The crowded shoots are usually less than 1 cm tall, and the rounded, concave leaves (0.75–1.25 mm long) cause the shoots to look smoothly cylindrical, hardly altered when dry. The nerve ends well below the leaf tip. B. argenteum is widespread and often abundant in disturbed habitats which may become very dry and are usually rich in nutrients such as nitrates. These include soil on and by paths (including cracks between paving slabs), roads, in arable fields, on waste ground and railway lines. It may also be found on stone rather than soil, as on walls, buildings, roofs, and concrete and tarmac.
(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 1/60 second F/5.6 ISO 100 150 mm

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omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice & beautiful!!!

5 Mar 2012 8:04am

@omid: Thanks !

L'Angevine from Angers, France


5 Mar 2012 8:51am

@L'Angevine: Every spring I like to search for mosses. It is indeed a very interesting world ... Greetz !

Lougris from Toulouse, France

beauté de la vie minuscule et si extraordinaire !! belle PDC !

5 Mar 2012 5:13pm

@Lougris: Thanks Lougris. The mini-world of mosses and insects etc. is indeed fascinating. Your portfolio shows you have discovered that already ! Greetz !

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

fine selective focus

5 Mar 2012 11:06pm

@john4jack: I prefer this type of images with a limited DOF. Glad you like it. Greetz, Jack.

Canon EOS 400D
1/60 second
ISO 100
150 mm