This moss was covered with snow and my camera lens was covered with water. It was on of those very cold hikes where the snow is falling and melting at the same time and nothing can stay dry or warm.
I did not take any to study, so I can not get down to species, but I know this is a Scapania of some sort.
This was growing at about 1,800 feet in elevation next to Lunch Rock at Lower Lena Lake in the Olympic National Forest.
I saw this while I taking a break at the rock. The weather was wet and cold and snow began to fall and stick before I left.
I thought this was Hypnum species but I thought wrong. In this weeks reading I learned that Hypnum got its name due to its believed ability to bring on sleep when used as a pillow stuffing.
The key keeps taking me to Rytidadelphus and I know that is wrong too. This has a double costa the extends to the middle of the deltoid shaped leaf. I only looked at stem leaves. The leaves are have many pleats. I'll have to take this back to the lab and try again to ID it.
I need to get another look at the costa, sometimes a pleat can look like a costa.
I think this is the robust variety of moss that grows at higher elevations. I first noticed it at 1,000 feet and the higher I went the more of it I saw.
This picture was taken at 1,800 feet near the north end of Lower Lena Lake in the Olympic National Forest.
It rained and snowed all day long but I was able to stay nice and warm thanks to some glowing coals that had been left behind by some campers.
I think the thick thallus of 15 or more cells separates this from pellia. It also seems to have clear rhizimes where pellia has dark rhizimes. But Aneura is supposed to be greasy looking and this is not greasy looking.
It would be good to go back later when this is reproducing. I could not see oil bodies even though this was a fresh sample.
It's never good news when the key takes you to bryum. But 300 couplets later I had my moss. It only took me 4 couplets to get to with my BBS guide though and it even had a picture for confirmation.
This moss had precurrent and excurrent costas depending on what leaf you looked at.
The leaves are 1-2mm long and .5-1 mm wide. The entire plant was about 1.5cm tall.
I thought the limbidium, and hyline awn would make this moss easy to figure out. But is a it a clear limbidium or a partially obscured limbidium? That is where I took a wrong turn in the Madrono key. Madrono says it's not clearly a limbidium.. OK...
This bryum was mixed into a cushion of some other moss that was falling off of a shady east facing cement wall.
The other moss was even smaller and I don't know if I dare to try to ID it.
It was a very good tardigrade producer. I found 3-4 clear tardigrades in this, one had green guts.
This tardigrade was clear with green gut contents. I found it in Bryum capillare.
I think it had two claws on each of its 8 legs.
Wow, this one puzzled me.. the key in Madrono and BBS took me right to metzgeria.. But this was way too hairy, too hairy to fit the description and too hairy to fit the pictures.
So I looked in the PNW key to genus book and it took me straight to this genus that only has one species.
What a shock it was to see this liverwort under the scope!
This is so hairy that I had a hard time seeing the cells and could only focus in to 100X and still see the cells.
A lot of these had apothecia on them today. Maybe it's the season?
Huge clump that fell out of a tree. I found another conifer tree to put it back up into.
A Stereocaulon spp lichen with reproductive parts. I've not seen the reproductive parts on one of these before.
I was surprised to find L. polmonaria growing between two L. Oregana and on a conifer branch.
Small but good by the pot full.
Found lots of this today but this time I found both male and female plants growing next to each other. This was on a West facing slope near a small creek.
This was growing about 35 feet up a very mature Big Leaf Maple tree (Acer macrophyllum). The tree with its many truncks fell across the trail so I was able to investigate the mid level-bryophytes growing on it.
Dorsal lobes are smaller than ventral lobes, both sets of lobes have teeth. Ventral lobe runs down stem, dorsal lobe does not.
This is growing as a turf with the tips curled down. On side view a stem looks very much like a green millipede with a red head.
Lobes are serrate at tip but entire near the base. Dorsal lobe is 1mm x 1mm ventral lobe is 2mm x1.5mm.
Cells are round to ovate size 25-30um. Plant is up to 5mm wide.
Green ovate balls on stalks were under dorsal lobes at tips of plant, if they were gemmea they were very big as I could clearly see the capsule and stalk with a 60X dissecting scope. Slo I think they must have been young sporophytes, especiall since I read that gemmea are only 2 celled.
This is a Pellia neesiana plant. Collection number 101. This was about 5 miles down the Lower South Fork Skokomish river trail. Male and female plants are seperate in the species and I found both male and female plants but no plants that were both male and female at the same time.
I found two of these today the other one was just 1/2 mile down the trail.
OK, um, I'm supposed to look for a "strip of thinner-walled cells that interrupt the thick-walled epidermis on the ventral side of the stem" Can anyone see that?
Tam found this stuff on campus on Monday and pointed it out to me so I took a sample home. In my sample in my petri dish I found the reptile hands liverwort hanging out.
Wow this stuff is tiny. I found it in my petri dish and wondered what it was. I had to put it under the compound scope to actually see it. I was excited when I recognized it as a liverwort on our list.
Stems 4mm tall, leaves 2mm long. Cells shaped like home base. Clear border of linear cells on lower margin. Lots of immature sporophytes.. if not for the margin and the red setas and the twisty leaves, I would be sure it was funaria. I wish I had a mature capsule. It was growing on a rotten log.
Very twisted and contorted leaves when dry. Branch picture is magnified 30 times.
Madrono tried to take me to Bryum gemmanscens and I can not find a picture of that moss anywhere to confirm.
It has cylidrical multi celled gemmea.
I'm not very happy with this ID becuase I can not find any info on the cell or leaf sizes of this species.
Leaves are .75 x .25, medial cells average 30X5. Growing on a big leaf maple tree next to a river. There was not much of it there so maybe this is not a very good sample.
Maybe a rangiferina spp. What ever it is, it's huge!!
Nice to find this stuff so close to town.
Got a good macro shot of this with some Ochrolechia lichen, so thought I would share it.
I really like moss cusions. These are some of the biggest dicranum cusions I have seen. I did not take any home to ID, I just patted them.
This hangs out on fully exposed south facing cement retaining wall with it's fellow cusion moss pals, Tortula muralis and Grimmia pulvinata. I wanted to find something new on this wall and I had to do a bit of looking to find this and then I saw it everywhere. The capsules gave it away.
This is really tiny so I need a microscope to see any details. The golden calyptra make me think it's orthotrichum.
Well this one really gave me a hard time. Can not get any key to take me to Orthotrichum but nothing else makes sense.
Tongue shaped leaf with bipappilose cells at midleaf. Can't see that they are bistratose though.
The blue picture of the bipappilose cells is at 2000X.
On a fallen tree. You can see the pycnidia in the second picture.