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Philonotis fontana

Philonotis fontana (Fountain Apple-moss), June 2020 in the Brecon Beacons. In this area, Philonotis fontana often seems to develop this branching at the shoot tips in late spring / summer. Presumably these are deciduous branchlets used for reproduction, as they are not visible later in the year so must have broken off and dispersed.

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Tortella fasciculata

Tortella fasciculata with capsules, found and photographed by Peter Martin at Craig Cerrig-Gleisiad, VC42 in March 2020. This is only second fruiting record of this species, the first being by R. Hall in 1951 on a wall by Lochan-na-Lairig in VC88.

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Moerckia hibernica

Female plants of Moerckia hibernica (Irish Ruffwort) photographed on the ridge north of Sron Chona Choirean, Stuchd an Lochain, Perthshire on 17 September 2019, in a Sphagnum-dominated flush at 810 m, in a site where it was first discovered on the Killin BBS meeting in 2014. M. hibernica is much less common than its relative M. flotowiana, being found in neutral Sphagnum-dominated flushes, whereas the latter prefers much richer fen and dune slack habitats.

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Marchantia polymorpha subsp. montivagans

This is the relatively rare cousin of the common liverwort, Marchantia polymorpha subsp. ruderalis which is found in gardens throughout the UK. Note the absence of a black median line, present in both other subspecies. Subsp. montivagans is characteristic of base-rich springs and flushes. Photographed near Mynydd Llangattock, VC42 in February 2020.

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Reboulia hemisphaerica

Reboulia hemisphaerica (Hemisphaeric liverwort or Purple fringed liverwort) with friends, including Riccia sorocarpa.

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Pterogonium gracile

Pterogonium gracile (Bird’s-foot Wing-moss). Understated elegance - surely deserves a better common name than this! Photo: Jo Denyer, on the Kerry Summer meeting 2019

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Grimmia nutans

A non-English bryophyte for a change. Captured by Peter Martin in Greece (under the pretence of visiting his daughter).

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Lejeunea flava

Lejeunea flava (Yellow pouncewort) in Derrycunihy Wood during the Kerry Summer Meeting 2019.

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Sphagnum quinquefarium

Sphagnum quinquefarium (Five-ranked Bog-moss) in Gallavally Wood during the Kerry Summer Meeting 2019. Sometimes also called the anti-social Sphagnum because plants tend not to grow close together.

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Trichocolea tomentella

Trichocolea tomentella (Handsome Woollywort), living up to its name in Killarney National Park during the Kerry Summer Meeting 2019.

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