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Dr M’s Marvellous Mosses: Introduction

Dr M is particularly fond of bryophytes and the following described two days spent with his students on the MSc Plant Diversity and MSc SISS at University of Reading getting to know these wonderful little green things intimately!

London’s first Moss Trail!

Dr M is delighted to present this post on London’s first moss trail at the South London Botanical Institute (SLBI), based in Tulse Hill, launched London’s first Moss Trail in its garden on Saturday 14 March 2015. The Moss Trail features twelve different kinds of moss, all clearly labelled in a trail around the garden. The Moss Trail launch was part of the SLBI’s “Moss Day”
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Dr M’s Marvellous Mosses: 9 Hypnales – (most of) the Pleurocarps

A very large order comprising most of the pleurocarpous mosses with perhaps 4400 species world-wide!

Dr M’s Marvellous Mosses: 8 Orthotrichales

An order of epiphytic acrocarps, about 100 species world-wide and forming cushions on trees or rocks. The leaves are lanceolate and recurved at the margin, and are either overlapping when dry (e.g. Orthotrichum) or twisted when dry (e.g. Ulota).

Dr M’s Marvellous Mosses: 7 Booby-licious Bryales

Bryales is a large order of acrocarpous mosses containing about 500 species world-wide, and found growing on soil, rocks and walls.

Dr M’s Marvellous Mosses: 6 Funariales

A small order in Britain (but about 135 species world-wide), including a very common and characteristic species, Funaria hygrometrica, growing on old bonfire sites, disturbed ground and garden and other horticultural habitats.

Dr M’s Marvellous Mosses: 5 Grimmiales

Dr M loves Grimmiales, well it’s such a wonderful bryological name!  And a great big order of epiphytic acrocarpous mosses of walls and rocks and boulders and related habitats.

Dr M’s Marvellous Mosses: 4 Pottiales

Dr M is potty about Pottiales, partly because it can be a tricky group to deal with, partly because it is a common and widespread group of acrocarps so it is an important order of mosses and partly just because Pottiales is such a great name!

Dr M’s Marvellous Mosses: 3 Dicranales

This is a rather characteristic order of acrocarpous mosses recognised by the generally very long, narrow leaves.

Dr M’s Marvellous Mosses: 2 Fissidentales

A really very characteristic group of mosses, the genus Fissidens often being mistaken for leafy liverworts by beginning students due to the complanate (flattened) shoots, and the leaves in two-ranks.