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TAMARISK MOSS

COMMON TAMARISK MOSS

Thuidium tamariscinum

Mosses Family [Thuidiaceae]

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20th Jan 2012, Great Wood, Keswick, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
Grows in damp forests on soil, banks on clay and amidst grass, usually in forests.


20th Jan 2012, Great Wood, Keswick, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
Forms a loose mat with long tri-pinnate bright yellowish-green shoots.


20th Jan 2012, Great Wood, Keswick, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
Very fern-like due to the length, the triangular taper and the tri-pinnate nature of the shoots that look like fronds.


20th Jan 2012, Great Wood, Keswick, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
Shoots between 5 and 25cm long.


20th Jan 2012, Great Wood, Keswick, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
Wet specimens look semi-translucent. The Author does not know if the capsule in the top left belongs to this moss, since they are un-common and form in autumn and winter, but since it is not large nor curved then it is probably not.


20th Jan 2012, Great Wood, Keswick, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
Close-up of tip of shoot.


Almost visually identical to : Delicate Tamarisk-moss (Thuidium delicatulum) Philibert's Tamarisk-moss (Thuidium assimile) which are not as common and have slight differences. It is sometimes necessary to use a microscope to differentiate between Common Tamarisk-moss and these two when the specimens are large. Common Tamarisk-moss prefers a neutral pH environment, Philibert's Tamarisk-moss a basic environment of chalk or limestone, and Delicate Tamarisk-moss in pHs between the two.


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(Tamarisk-Mosses)

TAMARISK MOSS

COMMON TAMARISK MOSS

Thuidium tamariscinum

Mosses Family [Thuidiaceae]