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Plant moderately large; Golden brown-ochre with green markings in the capitulum; Capitulum strongly stellate; branch fascicles with 2 down-turned spreading branches and 2-3 pendant branches; Stem leaves lingulate, efibrilose, and aporose, 1 mm long; branch leaves strongly 5 ranked, 1-2mm, slightly secund, hyaline cells with pores along commisures, chlorophyllous neither exposed on convex or concave surface, but sometimes more slightly on convex surface. Stem cortex with 1 superficial layer, but other specimens had 1-2 layers.


Fen in an area of very high precipitation

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MilesBerkey 5 years ago

Thanks Doreen, yea this is sphagna, but certain characteristics make me think that it is Sphagnum contortum. S. warnstorfii is much more red (wine red), has the green cells exposed entirely on the concave surface of the branch leaves, the pores within hyaline cells are very small and not necessarily fixed to the cell walls.

StirredMocha 5 years ago

Fascinating sphagnum microscope pics! And that round-leaf sundew in the corner is quite adorable in the moss

doreen.chambers.14 5 years ago

It looks like Re-Green Peat Moss (Sphagnum warnstorfii) - clearly a sphagnum with a little Sundew at the top.

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Washington, USA

Spotted on Sep 1, 2014
Submitted on Sep 6, 2014

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