Pohlia lutescens

Having written a recent blog article about P. lescuriana, here are some notes on P. lutescens to help separate the two.  They are very similar in the field (see picture of P. lescuriana for the general appearance) both appearing as small, slender stems of a yellowish or slightly bluish green colour, quite starry but with […]

Pohlia lescuriana

One of several small Bryums and Pohlias that many bryologists tend to avoid but, with patience and a dissecting microscope can be identified with good accuracy.  It is closely related to another small Pohlia, P. lutescens and, despite reports to the contrary, it is the experience of the author that it is considerably commoner than […]

Hornwort Heaven

During a recent visit to Gogerddan, home of the ecology department of the University of Aberystwyth, a small patch of one of the hornworts was found; this was shown to be Phaeoceros carolinianus, new for the county of Cardiganshire.  Subsequent visits to that particular field and several adjacent ones revealed that all 4 British species […]

Bryum gemmiferum

Bryum gemmiferum is scarce in Sussex but possibly overlooked and, once known, quite distinctive.  It’s not too fussy about soil type but records are mainly from sandy or chalky areas so that’s a lot of the county that ought to be suitable.  The floras might give the impression that it resembles Bryum dichotomum in the […]

Welsh Moss

There’s a moss that’s fairly common round here (Ceredigion) – in a very specific habitat – that you simply won’t find in Sussex.  It grows on hard acidic rock (that’s the first reason) in steep, very humid gorges (the second).  It’s Isothecium holtii.  In the photo above taken on the Hafod Estate it’s abundant in […]

Didymodon rigidulus

One of the commoner mosses in Sussex and readily found once you know both its habitat and what it looks like.  It is likely to be in many gardens for example.  It is well worth studying in detail since you will learn a lot about the genus in doing so. A typical habitat would be […]

East Sussex Tetrads

Here is the latest map as at 22nd July 2016.  There has been much activity around Waldron in TQ51, thanks Tim, and further north near Mayfield in TQ52.  Jacqui’s hectad (TQ31) is coming on nicely now too and just today, two squares were turned green near Arlington in TQ50.  I know there is more data […]

Picture of Sematophyllum substrumulosum

Sematophyllum substrumulosum

Once thought to be very rare in Britain, this has now been shown to have spread greatly in recent years although when the extension of its range started is still a matter of debate.  Up until a few years ago there was just one Sussex site, at Kingley Vale near Chichester.  Then it was found […]

Picture of Bryum torquescens

Bryum torquescens

Generally considered to be a very difficult genus with many people simply giving up.  Most observers can recognise Bryum capillare however with the leaf shape providing one clue.  It is widest above the middle (spathulate) and the leaves corkscrew around each other to create an obvious spiral of leaves when dry.  It is often abundant […]