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Typical to boggy, wetland areas.
For a word nerd, I am at a loss. To me that is magical. What an intelligent design for survival. Magnificent, nature is. Bog? How are fens different? (Fen~I like the sound of that word)
A flush is generaly an area with the water table at or slightly above the surface for most of the year. usually they are supplied by a spring, or some source of flowing water. This moss will probably survive. Bryophytes have evolved to persist through long periods of low relative humidity by mechanical responses to transpiration, which mostly include a dynamic reduction in surface area. You can observe this action by taking any desiccated moss during mid-summer, and pour water on it. It will return to its metabolic functioning state without suffering any damage to the tissues relatively fast. Species of Sphagnum, and Orthotrichum do this exceptionally fast. This is something vascular plants lack.
Yes, I believe it is the Calliergon
Can you tell that some of then were submerged in the flush? (Word usage first time for this meaning!) And, do you think it will die once things dry up? This was the first time I have seen this patch. We have had all the rain California is lacking since Thanksgiving! This area is almost always moist even in summer. But, right now it has standing water due to the massive rain.
this looks like a species of Calliergon. Typical to boggy, wetland areas.
Spotted on Feb 20, 2014 Submitted on Feb 21, 2014
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