Pretty moss 'flower' (new image added!)

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Pretty moss 'flower' (new image added!)

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I've seen these little 'pod' things sticking up out of moss before, so I plucked a couple today and stuck one in front of the trusty Nikon CF 10x objective. I wasn't expecting to see _this_ on the end!

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Stack of 59 images. Lens at around optimal extension for 10:1(ish).

For context this is the whole 'pod'

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Stack of 83 images. Nikon 10x CF objective at minimum bellows extension for ?5?:1.
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Good grief -- how completely unexpected! :shock:

I've never noticed anything like this either. Of course, I haven't spent what you'd call a lot of time poking around in mosses. Yet another place to explore, I guess!

--Rik

PS. You have some bits of streaky border showing on the right and bottom -- probably left over from the alignment process.

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Good catch, thanks Rik! I've sorted the borders now!

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Post by Gérard-64 »

very interesting Lauriek! Nice shots!

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Post by Jbailey »

Excelent renditions, Laurie! It's amazing what folks can find if they get their noses close enough to the ground.

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Post by lauriek »

Thanks for the kind words guys!

Incidentally Brian (LordV) mentioned on another site that this is a 'sporangiophore' and apparently it opens up like a pepper shaker when mature!

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Post by Harold Gough »

It looks hungry. You should feed it! :)

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Post by Cyclops »

Nice sporangiaphore shot,never seen one like that tho. The first one looks almost like a Protea!
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Harold Gough wrote:It looks hungry. You should feed it! :)

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Definitely looks quite fierce.....

Fantastic shot(s).

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wow...that' s what I call a detail! Very good...here is another image with "less" detail :lol:
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Post by Walter Piorkowski »

Thank you for posting these Lauriek. I have been wanting to shoot this subject for many years. This is a good kick in the butt for me to photograpgh the many shapes and varieties of this subject. Well done.
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Post by lauriek »

Thanks all! :)

Here's another shot of a similar sporangiophore I found earlier today. I'm just putting the finishing touches to my vertical rig and this is one of the first stacks from it! (Well I say finishing, in as much as these things are /ever/ finished!)

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Post by Planapo »

Laurie, these are gorgeous images!

I hope I won't be regarded as a quibbler, but one thing about the somewhat complex and bemusing terminology:
This bulky end of the moss sporophyt (the moss sporophyt is sometimes also called sporogonium) that contains and sets free the spores, is a sporangium.
In mosses this sporangium is often called the moss spore capsule. So your photos show a moss spore capsule or sporangium.
To be more precise, the last photo depicts the peristom of the moss capsule. Mosses of the genus Bryum have a peristom of such structure as in in your photo, but I'm not sure if it's safe to say that it's a moss of this genus.

The "sporangiophor" (phorein, Greek: to carry) would be the thin stalk only, that is carrying the capsule/sporangium. In mosses this stalk is often called the seta.

:smt101 :lol:

--Betty :D

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Post by lauriek »

Thanks Betty! :D

Please quibble away! :) (With any of my ids, whether taxonomical or anatomical!)

I just thought sporangiophore sounded a lot better than 'pod thing'!

So the whole stalk/pod assembly is the sporophyt, the 'pod thing' is the sporangium, and the inner part of the 'flower' bit on the end of the pod is the peristom (have I got that right?) - that's all good info, thanks! :)

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In English, "peristome" with the trailing "e". :lol:

See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peristome .

Likewise for "sporophyte", http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sporophyte .

--Rik

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