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Surely the most beautiful cushion of Bryum alpinum ever seen! Found on the shores of Llyn Dulyn in Snowdonia in May 2021.
Reboulia hemisphaerica (Hemisphaeric liverwort, or Small Mushroom-headed liverwort), spotted in a rock crevice in a disused limestone quarry in the Brecon Beacons by Peter Martin. The stalked structures are the female receptacles that give the species its names.
Microlejeunea ulicina (Fairy Beads) and Metzgeria furcata, spotted by Peter Martin in a churchyard in South Gloucestershire, growing on a yew needle.
Cephalozia curvifolia (rustwort), previously known as Nowellia curvifolia, is even more beautiful close up, with its concave leaves and long pincer-like lobes - and that amazing colour.
Young capsules of Orthotrichum pulchellum (Elegant Bristle-moss) with their characteristic calyptrae with a dark tip and spots around the base. Notice also that the capsules are held well clear of the leaves which are slightly curled when dry like this.
New year, new life: close-up of a young capsule of Ptychomitrium polyphyllum (Long-shanked pincushion).
Part of a leaf of Mnium stellare (Starry thyme-moss) under a high power microscope. It is starting to show the blue colouration of the cells, typical of this species when the cells die.
Growing on the ground near Bramshaw in the New Forest. Photographed during the socially distanced Wessex group meeting in October 2020.
Hookeria lucens (Shining Hookeria), on the Gower Peninsula in May 2019. It's always a pleasure to find this moss, often shining out from a shady woodland bank, or a dark crevice in a cliff face.
Physcomitrium sphaericum (Dwarf Bladder-moss), on the margin of the Talybont Reservoir in the Brecon Beacons, September 2020. Not the best image, but a great find by Sharon Pilkington, involving much searching on hands and knees in the mud and rain!