Date: 29 June 2013
Place: South Fork Skokomish River Trail
- From US Highway 101 turn west onto the Skokomish Valley Road (6 miles north of Shelton and 7 miles south of Hoodsport)
- Drive west on the Skokomish Valley Road from the George Adams State Fish Hatchery for about 5 miles to FS Road 23.
- Turn right onto FS 23 and drive 9.0 miles to FS Road 2353.
- Turn right onto FS 2353 and drive approximately ¾ mile to the South Fork Skokomish River Bridge.
- Turn left after the bridge, the parking area for the trail head will be on your left about .2 miles down South Fork Skokomish Trailhead.
- On your left about .10 mile in.
Weather: Sunny and warm ~80F
Habitat: among other mosses and understory plants, on the earth/rocky wall of the trail. Mature doug fir/hemlock forest.
Species seen: Polytrichum spp., Kindbergia oregana, Pseudotsuga menziesii, Tsuga heterophylla, Rubus spectabilis, Gaultheria shallon, Mahonia nervosa, Vaccinium ovatum, Frageria spp.,
Comments: Beautiful moss. Interesting how one could estimate its age by how many "steps" it's taken. Seems like it grows pretty slowly. I wonder if this is an indicator species?
Looks lettuce shaped. Dropped from the tops of trees (originally there to fix nitrogen for the trees). Provides important nutrients to the forest floor.
Forest floor at valley bottom
Hylocomium splendens, commonly known as Glittering Wood-moss, Stair-step Moss and Mountain Fern Moss, is a perennial clonal moss with a widespread distribution in Northern Hemisphere boreal forests. It is commonly found in Europe, Russia, Alaska and Canada, where it is often the most abundant moss species. It also grows in the Arctic tundra and further south at higher elevations in, for example, northern California, western Sichuan, East Africa, Australia, New Zealand and the West Indies. In...