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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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Cephalozia crassifolia

Cephalozia crassifolia (Irish Pincerwort), spotted by Rory Hodd at Derrycunihy Falls during the Kerry Summer Meeting 2019.

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Cololejeunea rossettiana

Cololejeunea rossettiana, looking very prickly indeed! Collected from Goblin Combe, Somerset, where it was growing on Thamnobryum alopecurum on a boulder.

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Lepidozia cupressina

Lepidozia cupressina, much admired in boulder scree near Cwmavon, S. Wales during a Gloucester Bryophyte Group out-of-county meeting in April 2019.

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Orthotrichum rupestre

Orthotrichum rupestre photographed at a Wessex Bryology Group meeting at Fyfield Down, Wiltshire in March 2019. The most striking feature of this mainly saxicolous (in Britain) species, is its extremely hairy calyptra.

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Marchantia polymorpha

Marchantia polymorpha photographed by Brad Scott in Ashdown Forest, Sussex 25th May 2014. Common but amazing nevertheless!

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Entosthodon muhlenbergii

Entosthodon muhlenbergii found by Andrew Branson and Sharon Pilkington in unimproved Carboniferous limestone grassland at Westbury Beacon, on the southern scarp of the Mendip Hills, Somerset.

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Metzgeria furcata

Fertile Metzgeria furcata captured by Paul Bowyer in the New Forest, autumn 2018

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Scapania umbrosa

The diminutive liverwort Scapania umbrosa growing on Nowellia covered logs at East Water, Exmoor.

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