The erosion area was most interesting. However, there was a rise to one side that I could not see over. Thus it called for an investigation as well.
Reaching the top of the rise, I looked down the other side. Oh my gosh, a bright green spot. I mean bright. Of course, I had to look.
Indeed, the Greenbriar corm did smile its fortune on me. 🙂
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Pogonatum is very cool – I remember first finding it at the grassllands with you and Allen and Scott.
So bright of a color of green that I can understand how it caught your attention. So is the hairy cup moss and the green stuff two different organisms? And what looks like a rosette of leaves is the moss itself that the reproductive cap comes out of? It looks like a miniature version of some cool greenhouse plants that people grow. Or could be a cool terrarium plant.
Kathy, The protonema is the initial growth of the moss. So the green stuff(protonema) , the gametophyte (the leafy part) and sporophyte (capsule part where the spores develop) are all part of this same moss. For some reason this particular moss, the protonema is more visible. And yes the reproductive part, the sporophyte develops off the leaves.
I’m so excited we saw similar life stages today on our hike too!!
I agree, it is cool! Winter and early spring are great times to go bryophyte hunting.