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Funaria hygrometrica
Funaria hygrometrica
Common Cord-moss
Photographer: Dr. Amadej Trnkoczy

ID: 0000 0000 0521 0868 (2021-05-15)

Copyright © 2021 Dr. Amadej Trnkoczy

  • date of photo  May 4, 2021
  • latitude 46.35938   longitude 13.69991     View on Google Maps.
  • location   Lower Trenta valley, right bank of river Soča; between villages Soča and Trenta; near Soča 48 abandoned cottage, East Julian Alps (Posočje, Slovenia)
  • family Funariaceae
  • notes   Slo.: navadni vlagomer - syn.: Funaria sphaerocarpa Müll.Hal. - Habitat: Abandoned outdoor fire place near a former farmhouse; pasture, now partly overgrown with bushes (Corylus avellana dominant) and scattered trees (Fraxinus ornus, Ostrya carpinifolia dominant); calcareous ground; locally almost flat terrain; warm, sunny, dry place; exposed to direct rain, average precipitations ~ 3.000 mm/year, average temperature 7-9 deg C, elevations 615 m (2020 feet), alpine phytogeographical region. Substratum: soil mixed with residue charcoal. Comment: Funaria hygrometrica is a colonist of bare, disturbed soils; it can be frequently found on abandoned outdoor fireplaces and bonfire sites. It frequently forms extensive carpets, which are rather loose than dense. The species is easy to be recognized if sporophytes (stalks bearing capsules containing spores when ripe) are present – and this is very often the case. If the plants are sterile, determination becomes much more difficult. The most characteristic are swan-neck shaped seta (stalks), which are much, much longer than tiny green part of the plant and by delicate, intensely asymmetric calyptra (thin, pointing, 'protecting' shields of the young capsules, which fall of before the capsules become mature). Each capsule stalk is moisture sensitive, curling when dry and unwinding when wet (note the Latin species name 'hygrometrica' – measuring air humidity). Ref.: (1) Ian Atherton, ed., Mosses and Liverworts of Britain and Ireland - a field guide, British Bryological Society (2010), p 561. (2) M. Nebel, G. Philippi, eds., Die Mosse Baden-Wurttembergs, Band 1., (2000), Ulmer, p 475. (3) V. Wirth, R. Duell, Farbatlas Flechten und Moose, Ulmer, (2000), p 250.
  • camera   Nikon D700 / Nikkor Micro 105mm/f2.8
  • contributor's ID #  Bot_1365/2021_DSC2499
  • photo category: Plant - mosses/etc

  • common names   Common Cord-moss, Bonfire Moss, Funaria Moss (photographer)
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