MOSSES


SCHISTIDIUM MOSS

TOOTHED PLAGIOMNIUM MOSS

FUNARIA MOSS

ANOMODON MOSS

ANOMODON MOSS

SILVER-GREEN BRYUM MOSS

PHYSCOMITRIUM MOSS

CERATODON MOSS

ATRICHUM MOSS

OTHER MOSSES
 


A good variety of beautiful mosses may be seen in both of our two nature centers. Unfortunately most are difficult to identify with the naked eye in the field, and many can only be identified by experts in the lab with a microscope. Those which can more easily be identified are treated here in species pages. To provide an appreciation for the diversity of mosses present, a sample of images of other mosses, some yet to be identified, others which can't be identified in the field, are shown under Other Mosses. 

Mosses have a complex reproductive strategy. The various parts of the typical moss plant may best be seen under Toothed Plagiomnium Moss. The leafy part of a typical moss is called gametophyte. At specific times of the year spore-producing parts called sporophyte are produced, often on long stalks topped by capsules containing the spores. These capsules have protective shields called a calyptrawhich later falls off, exposing the operculum, a lid which opens the capsule when the spores are fully developed. The spores are dispersed by the opening and closing of the peristome, a fringe of teeth around the opening of the capsule. The microscopic features of these teeth are often used to identify the different mosses.

 





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