Funaria hygrometrica (NL: Gewoon krulmos / EN: Funaria moss / DE: Wetteranzeigendes Drehmoos, Echtes Drehmoos / FR: Funaire hygromètre)
is a very common moss species and is one that beginners will soon learn to recogniza. This weedy species is a colonist of bare, disturbed, nutrient-rich soils; it is particularly characteristic of old bonfire sites. The short (3–10 mm) shoots of this moss form loose carpets. The egg-shaped leaves vary in size (2–4 mm long) and are translucent, with very large, lax cells, easily seen with a ×10 hand lens. Asymmetrical capsules are usually present in
abundance, borne on a long (3–5 cm), swan-neck seta, with a large, elicate calyptra and a convex lid.
(info on the species based on: "Mosses and Liverworts of Britain and Ireland - a field guide" published by the British Bryological Society)
Image: Wijnegem (B) - 16/03/2012
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