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Aulacomnium androgynum

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 26 January 2013 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Aulacomnium androgynum (NL: Gewoon knopjesmos / EN: Drumsticks, Bud-headed groove-moss / DE: Mannweibiges Streifensternmoos / FR: Aulacomnium androgyne) forms small, pale, dull green tufts. Many shoots terminate in an elongated stalk with a ball of gemmae at the top - the 'drumsticks". These gemmae are a form of asexual reproduction. The moss can be found on dead wood or on the foot of treetrunks. Individual plants are about 10 mm tall ... The gemmae on long stalks, coupled with its predilection for growing on wood distinguish this plant from all other mosses.

Image: Brecht (BE) – 20/11/2012

Canon EOS 400D 13/10 second F/20.0 ISO 200 150 mm

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JDY from Aberdeen, United States

Excellent photo, I am puzzled with the lack of comments for this beautiful image.

26 Jan 2013 5:06am

Marie-Line from Lille, France

Cette image est sublime. Merci

26 Jan 2013 10:47am

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice!!!!
so so beautiful composition, focus, colors & lights!
L O V E L Y !

26 Jan 2013 11:58am

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

very nice

26 Jan 2013 6:58pm

aaanouel from Heredia, Costa Rica

Could it be the same species that I posted yesterday?

26 Jan 2013 8:49pm

@aaanouel: I really cant tell if your image is the same species or not. (nice image btw.) I can't see the long gemmae-stalks typical for this moss, but those are not always there ... Proper determination of a moss-species can mostly only be made using a good handlens or a microscope to study the structure of the individual leaves. Thanks for your comment !

Canon EOS 400D
13/10 second
ISO 200
150 mm