A global citizen science platform
to discover, share and identify wildlife

Join Project Noah!

Moss/ Bryum Argenteum

Bryum Argenteum




Species ID Suggestions



Sign in to suggest organism ID

8 Comments

meloniemeares
meloniemeares 5 years ago

Thanks very much Mark!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 5 years ago

Brilliant science. Well done. :)

meloniemeares
meloniemeares 5 years ago

Miles! You were correct! It is the Bryum that is drying out, thus to my eyes seem black. I did a fun citizen scientist field experiment! lol! I videoed adding water to one of the black patches! Magic!! Green started bursting forth! In my zealous endeavor, I lost track of my battery status. So, I shall return for another water dowsing of the moss momentarily. As I had mentioned to you a week ago, we have excess rain. Perhaps these patches are now drying up until later. The pictures I posted don't seem to show the black I see. Perhaps the lens grasps truer color than my eyes can see. The video is going to be posted on my FB wall. Thanks for the moss learning!
Thanks for contributing to the subject Mark!

MilesBerkey
MilesBerkey 5 years ago

hmmm its really only Anthocerophytes that develop nostoc... But I could be mistaken. I've seen on sidewalks and driveways, bryim and ceratadon and other cushions turn black, its normal. Either dead, or a response to desiccation or light intensity.

meloniemeares
meloniemeares 5 years ago

Thanks! So, tomorrow I will get some photos. But, I don't think it is nostoc. I appreciate the suggestion. We can investigate the mystery further after photos.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 5 years ago

Please do. A black moss sounds interesting. (might be nostoc?)

meloniemeares
meloniemeares 5 years ago

Miles can this moss turn a black color? Near these patches, I found three or four patches of black moss. I plan on photographing and posting them if it is a possible species.

meloniemeares
meloniemeares 5 years ago

Indeed! And, I just read a disturbing thesis from a student at UTK regarding problematic species for golf coarse putting greens. Then again, I am not golf or have money tied to the sport. http://plantsciences.utk.edu/pdf/borst_s... It mentions a Bryum Argenteum

MilesBerkey
MilesBerkey 5 years ago

Looks like a species of Bryum.

meloniemeares
Spotted by
meloniemeares

Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA

Lat: 36.02, Long: -84.23

Spotted on Feb 20, 2014
Submitted on Feb 21, 2014

Related Spottings

Bryum capillare Bryum Moss Spotting Fountain Moss

Nearby Spottings

Moss/Schistidium Moss/ Dicranum Moss/ P. Sheberi Moss/P. Sheberi