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Jungermannia gracillima

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 2 February 2013 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Jungermannia gracillima (NL: Lichtrandmos / EN: Crenulated Flapwort / DE: Zierliches Jungermannmoos / FR: Jungermannie gracieuse) forms colonies in unshaded sites are characteristically rusty red, but shaded plants are pale green like in this image. Most colonies are a mixture of medium-sized plants and slender shoots, but some in marginal habitats near the edge of its range are composed only of slender shoots. The leaves are almost circular and usually have a striking, diagnostic border formed by enlarged cells with thickened walls. It is dioicous and the perianth lacks bracts halfway up its outside. Shoots are 0.5–1.5 mm wide, with leaves typically about 0.75 mm wide and long.

Image: Brecht (BE) – 27/11/2012

Canon EOS 7D 2/5 seconds F/32.0 ISO 200 300 mm

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Canon EOS 7D
2/5 seconds
ISO 200
300 mm