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Sphagnum russowii


This specimen is within group Acutifolia. Plant usually 5 cm long. Capitulum flat-topped, stellate; Fascicles with one pendant and two spreading branches; branch leaf 1mm, barely seccund, hyaline cells with pores in chain-like pattern nearly spanning the distance between fibrils; stem leaf 1mm broad strap-shaped with notched or fabricate apex, pores in distal 1/4 of leaf.


This specimen was collected within a narrow north facing valley in the Cascade mountains at about 2300'. This particular population had accumulated in a large pendant colony on the up-rooted portion of a fallen tree, about 24" long. the site was partially exposed gap in the forest. Not entirely shaded.


The sphagnum community in this valley is surprisingly rich in species diversity. S. girgensohnii, ans S. squarrosum are common in this area. This valley indicates relatively high precipitation and humidity.

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Washington, USA

Spotted on Apr 23, 2014
Submitted on Apr 24, 2014

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