Notes on moss identification.
The ‘amateur’ mentioned on the ‘About” file is really obvious among the mosses.
I have only been able to tentatively identify a few.
Numbers in the top left corner are to identify a partricular slide.
Any help really appreciated.
One tentatively identified is Byrum argentium.
Bryum argenteum – Silver moss.
A widespread moss that forms tight silvery, cushion-like masses up to 5 cm wide.
Stems, about 1 cm high, have a brown base, reddish middle and yellow-green upper part.
They branch occasionally and have brown rhizoids near the base.
The crowded spirally arranged leaves are ovate, concave, up to 1 mm long and overlap like tiles on a roof.
The base of the leaf is a translucent green but the tip is transparent giving a silvery appearance.
Leaves have a faint midrib and a short, tapering point.
Spore capsules are red or reddish-brown 1-2 mm long on a green and reddish-brown stalk up to 20 mm high.
There is a small, dome-shaped cap or operculum.
The stalk is arched and the capsules droop.
They have peristome teeth.
They can also reproduce by vegetative bodies that develop in the leaf axils.