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Microlejeunea ulicina

Microlejeunea ulicina (Fairy Beads) and Metzgeria furcata, spotted by Peter Martin in a churchyard in South Gloucestershire, growing on a yew needle.

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Cephalozia curvifolia

Cephalozia curvifolia (rustwort), previously known as Nowellia curvifolia, is even more beautiful close up, with its concave leaves and long pincer-like lobes - and that amazing colour.

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Orthotrichum pulchellum

Young capsules of Orthotrichum pulchellum (Elegant Bristle-moss) with their characteristic calyptrae with a dark tip and spots around the base. Notice also that the capsules are held well clear of the leaves which are slightly curled when dry like this.

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Ptychomitrium polyphyllum

New year, new life: close-up of a young capsule of Ptychomitrium polyphyllum (Long-shanked pincushion).

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Mnium stellare

Part of a leaf of Mnium stellare (Starry thyme-moss) under a high power microscope. It is starting to show the blue colouration of the cells, typical of this species when the cells die.

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Hypnum imponens

Growing on the ground near Bramshaw in the New Forest. Photographed during the socially distanced Wessex group meeting in October 2020.

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Hookeria lucens

Hookeria lucens (Shining Hookeria), on the Gower Peninsula in May 2019. It's always a pleasure to find this moss, often shining out from a shady woodland bank, or a dark crevice in a cliff face.

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Physcomitrium sphaericum

Physcomitrium sphaericum (Dwarf Bladder-moss), on the margin of the Talybont Reservoir in the Brecon Beacons, September 2020. Not the best image, but a great find by Sharon Pilkington, involving much searching on hands and knees in the mud and rain!

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Chiloscyphus polyanthos

Chiloscyphus polyanthos/pallescens (St Winifrid's Moss), on a rock in a stream in the Brecon Beacons, July 2020. *Not identifiable with certainty without perianths, but the habitat and appearance suggest C. polyanthos in this case.

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Sphagnum subnitens var. subnitens

Fruiting Sphagnum subnitens (Lustrous Bog-moss), near the almost unpronounceable Bwlch in the Brecon Beacons, June 2020. Capsules are common with this species, but no less beautiful for that.

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