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I'm an Environmental Science major, and am fascinated with temperate ecosystems, and their associated non-vascular communities.

Kirkland, Washington, USA

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MilesBerkey Pterigynandrum filiforme
Pterigynandrum filiforme commented on by MilesBerkey Washington, USA5 years ago

Thanks Hema Shah! This is actually neither; it is a moss.

MilesBerkey Sphagnum Moss
Sphagnum Moss commented on by MilesBerkey Portland, Maine, USA6 years ago

Nice pictures! My best guess is S. papillosum or S. palustre. My west coast sphagnum taxonomy ecology may not be accurate for East Coast Sphagnum ID, but these two species are my best guess.

MilesBerkey Liverwort
Liverwort commented on by MilesBerkey Maine, USA6 years ago

THis is a liverwort. Check out Genus' Barbilophozia, Tritomaria, and Lophozia. All have distinct, regular to irregular leaf lobes.

MilesBerkey funaria hygrometrica
funaria hygrometrica commented on by MilesBerkey Chicago, Illinois, USA7 years ago

This is Funaria hygrometrica. It typically can be found in soils with high nitrogen content.

MilesBerkey Sphagnum girgensohnii
Sphagnum girgensohnii commented on by MilesBerkey Washington, USA7 years ago

Thanks Jellis for thinking about it. It is indeed S. girgensohnii. I just got some confirmation. It is definately an anomaly though for the species. The typical S. girgensohnii has fewer pendant spreading branches and more pendant ones. Also, the spreading branches in this specimen are very short and stiff, where the typical S. girgensohnii are very long and weak.

MilesBerkey Tree ruffle liverwort
Tree ruffle liverwort commented on by MilesBerkey Anacortes, Washington, USA7 years ago

You found Porella navicularis

MilesBerkey Clear Moss
Clear Moss commented on by MilesBerkey Portland, Oregon, USA7 years ago

this is in the plagiomnium genus. It is very likely to be Plagiomnium insigne. The margin of the leaf should have a row or several rows of long skinny cells called a limbidium. the margin should be serrate.

MilesBerkey Unknown spotting
Unknown spotting commented on by MilesBerkey British Columbia, Canada7 years ago

this looks like Pleurozium shreberi

MilesBerkey Unknown spotting
Unknown spotting commented on by MilesBerkey Washington, USA7 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.

MilesBerkey Sphagnum austinii
Sphagnum austinii commented on by MilesBerkey Jefferson, Washington, USA7 years ago

Drosera species, they are everywhere out there

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