Sunday, April 28, 2013

Some Moss

There are approximately 12,000 moss species in the naked Bryophyta. Here is one of them, but your guess is as good as (or better than) mine as to which this one is.

Those tall stalks growing out of the moss are called the sporophyte body, which comprises a long stalk, called a seta, and a capsule capped by a cap called the operculum.  This is where the spores are formed.

Those sporophyte bodies have a strange, bird-like appearance when you look at them close up.  They look like long-necked birds.  See the cool little macro bokeh in the middle of this picture?

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