The Joy of Sphaerocarpos

Eastbourne  “The joy of finding Sphaerocarpos in the field soon dwindles if it becomes apparent that none of the female involucres contain a sporophyte so that specific determination cannot be attained” [1] Jean Paton’s words rang true when I spotted the bubble-shaped involucres of Sphaerocarpos in central Eastbourne this winter. A.E. Spiers recorded Sphaerocarpos michelii […]

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 […]