Observation 51866: Leocarpus fragilis (Dicks.) Rostaf.

When: 2010-08-09

Collection location: Kenai Peninsula, Alaska, USA [Click for map]

Who: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)

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Recognized by sight: orange slime mold outlining a club moss stem.

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good question, Noah…
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2010-09-04 09:20:11 PDT (-0700)

but w/out a fertile structure to distinguish the two, it’s kinda hard to tell at this point.

Club mosses were quite common, but it was moss/lichen/clubmoss/liverwort heaven in those woods, so anything’s possible! The leafy structures of the stiff clubmoss and the hair-cap mosses are indeed quite similar.

is it a club moss?
By: Noah Siegel (Noah)
2010-09-02 14:29:43 PDT (-0700)

or one of the Haircap mosses (Polytrichum sp)?

on club moss.
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2010-09-02 07:14:31 PDT (-0700)

Alaska was a hot-bed of cool bryophytes, along with all the other marvels everywhere ya looked…delirious and delightful sensory overload for a naturalist, let me tell ya!
With that soupcon of anxiety over Grizzlies (everywhere) and moose, just to spice things up! Ever try singing when you are a bit nervous?

Bear bells are for sissies (and tourists). I was just coming home to where I belong.

BTW, a GREAT book on the trees, flowering plants, mosses, lichens, liverworts, etc. etc. of SW Alaska and the PNW, with color photos and fascinating text is:
“Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast”, by Pojar and Mackinnon.

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By: Patrick Harvey (pg_harvey)
2010-09-02 06:57:29 PDT (-0700)

Are those on moss? Very pretty!

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