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QWMom 9 years ago

I had a similar spotting of that shape sporophyte and was able to identify mine as Apple Moss (Bartramia pomiformis) - hard to tell from your pictures what the gametophyte looks like, though...

QWMom 9 years ago

Very cool!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

Nice stuff batex.

drP 9 years ago

Me, too! I wish I could better identify mosses and other bryophytes.

MrsPbio 9 years ago

I love alternation of generation! Waay cool.

drP 9 years ago

I can't identify the species, but it's the gametophyte and sporophyte generations of a moss. The "mossy" looking part that we normally think of as moss is the gametophyte generation. Its cells have one copy of each of its chromosomes (haploid). The ball-on-a-stick things are the sporophyte generation. The cells in this generation have two copies of each chromosome (diploid). The ball part contains haploid spores that will grow into the next gametophyte generation.

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Spotted on Feb 24, 2013
Submitted on Feb 24, 2013

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