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Splachnum ampullaceum

Splachnum ampullaceum


Annual Shuttle species. Sweet, pungent odor. Gametophyte small, acrocarp; large conspicuous red sporophyte neck swellinge. Spores large as seen with my dissecting scope; leaves few, costa extening through leaf, margins dentate, often to below medial, teeth multicellular.


Growing on Elk Dung in the outflow of a true/ raised? bog. Associated species: Thuja plicata, Sphagnum capillifolium, carix sp.


Interesting family of bryophytes. Splachnaceae plants generally establish very briefly on animal dung. They seem to occur more often in temperate to polar regions, or alpine, since decay is much slower/ the dung stays around longer. I have never seen a dung moss before, and have been looking for the for several years. It is not surprising that I sighted it in a bog since that would be one of the only places where, due to low acidity and decay rates, it could mature into its sporophyte phase. Quite possibly the first siting in Washington State.

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Sintija Valucka
Sintija Valucka 6 years ago

Wonderful spotting!! :)

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 6 years ago

Interesting spotting - Dung Moss ! thanks for the information and Congratulations on yours being chosen for the SOTW !!

Congratulations on the SOTW nomination, MilesBerkey.
If I was a Ranger I would choose your spotting... : )

Fyn Kynd
Fyn Kynd 6 years ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

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Washington, USA

Spotted on Jul 25, 2014
Submitted on Jul 27, 2014

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