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Fissidens gracilifolius

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 16 March 2012 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Series: Belgian bryophyta

Fissidens gracilifolius (NL: Steenvedermos / EN: Narrow-leaved Pocket-moss / DE: Schmalblättriges Spaltzahnmoos / FR: ?) is a minute Fissidens with bordered leaves, growing directly on limestone or siliceous rock. The shoots are usually only 1–1.5 mm wide, and fertile shoots are no more than 5 mm tall. F. gracilifolius differs from F. pusillus having very elongated leaves at the top of the shoot near the base of the seta, and is typically found in dry habitats, but F. gracilifolius and F. pusillus are difficult to distinguish. These two species are part of a difficult complex of species (with F. limbatus and F. viridulus), and have to be confirmed by microscopical examination.
(info on the species based on: "Mosses and Liverworts of Britain and Ireland - a field guide" published by the British Bryological Society)


Image: Schilde (B) - 03/03/2012

Canon EOS 400D 1/200 second F/5.6 ISO 100 150 mm

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christine from oelegem, Belgium

Een heel mooie foto door de bijzondere plaats van het mos en de twee convergerende lijnen op de achtergrond. Prima compositie! Op mijn scherm is de achtergrond grofkorrelig, maar misschien ligt dat aan mijn pc-tje?

16 Mar 2012 6:11pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice & beautiful!!!

16 Mar 2012 7:10pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Gorgeous light and color. Great processing!

17 Mar 2012 12:23am

Canon EOS 400D
1/200 second
F/5.6
ISO 100
150 mm

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