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Juniper Moss (Polytrichum juniperinum) discovered by Marcel Roy (#455)

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Sighting Info

Observed: August 10, 2010 @ 12:00 AM
Posted on: January 3, 2011 @ 5:35 PM (diff: 146 days)
Juniper moss Form: Extensive mats, upward growing. Colour: Green, bluish-green to reddish-brown. Height: 1-13 cm. Other: Occurs in virtually all soils, wet or dry, usually in dry open areas.

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By Mac Pitcher on 1/4/2011 2:01:35 PM

The spiky moss is Common Hair Cap, Polystrichum commune. It usually is found on soils that were disturbed in the past, such as old vegetable gardens or at bases of windthrown trees. One of the other photos has Schreber's Moss (Pleurozium schreberi)mixed with the Hair Cap Moss. Schreber's Moss is one of the "Feather Mosses" usually, but not always, found on forest floor in conifer forests.

By Mac Pitcher on 1/6/2011 12:01:30 PM

Oops - typo. My last comment should read read Polytrichum commune (Polystrichum is a genus of ferns.

By Marcel Roy on 1/6/2011 1:52:22 PM

Mac - Thanks for the input. Are you saying that none of the pictures are Junniper Moss. I agree that the last one (Bright photo) are Common Hair Cap but I thought for sure the first 3 were Junniper.

By Mac Pitcher on 1/10/2011 8:11:13 AM

Hi Marcel, There are likely both P. commune and P. juniperinum in your photos. According to Guy Brassard's checklist of NF mosses, we have four Hair-Cap Moss species here. mac

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