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Bryum argenteum

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 21 February 2013 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

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.

Image: Ranst (BE) - 02/01/2013

Canon EOS 7D 1/50 second F/5.6 ISO 200 150 mm

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☺ ► ƸɼiϾ ◄ ☼ from Narbonne, France

nice details, well done johan ☺

21 Feb 2013 5:10am

Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

Gewoonweg prachtig,Johan!

21 Feb 2013 6:52am

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice & amazing!!!
so beautiful colors, lights & detail!

21 Feb 2013 7:54am

CF09 from Tehran, Iran

We sit up front and share a cigarette,
And try to remember,
What we tried to forget...

21 Feb 2013 8:31am

Ann from Nelson, New Zealand


21 Feb 2013 10:42am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom


21 Feb 2013 12:12pm

Christine from Le Gosier, Guadeloupe, France

Magnifique !!!!!

21 Feb 2013 12:47pm

christine from schoten, Belgium

Aangename rustige foto met prachtige sporenkapsels, prima bryologische start. :)

21 Feb 2013 2:02pm

Marie-Line from Lille, France

Quelle lumineuse beauté...

21 Feb 2013 2:38pm

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Fine details in this macro.

21 Feb 2013 9:16pm

Canon EOS 7D
1/50 second
ISO 200
150 mm