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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
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.
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.