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Moss Reproduction

Post by beetleman »

I came across this patch of moss next to one of the greenhouses where I work. Had some interesting features so I decided to take some photos. The first one shows The sporophyte of the moss. These contain a little capsule full of spores. The fiborus outer coating is called the calyptra. These were rather large on this moss and that is what caught my eye.
I am not sure what the second picture is showing. This patch was right next to the one with the sporophytes. Any ideas? male gametophyte? The third picture shows a green ripe cabsule in the background. More info here. ... osses.html



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Very informative shot. I can't help with any of the ideas, I am clueless about anything without a pulse.
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Post by rjlittlefield »

Excellent, excellent images, Doug! :smt023 Images 1 and 3 especially have a lot going on in them, yet they seem very peaceful. Sort of like the edge of a forest shot with telephoto, if that makes any sense.

I'm afraid I don't know anything that helps with image #2. It's been ages since I studied mosses, and most of what I think I remember is probably wrong! :?


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Post by Bruce Williams »

Wow Doug these are really good! Three cracking shots combining science with art. They are all excellent in different ways but pic1 in particular has a real "other worldly" feel to it. The type of pic that would look good wall-mounted at poster size (dentist, doctors, airport lounge etc).

Well done :smt023

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Post by Ken Ramos »

These appear to be a Polytrichum, second image more than likely males. Wonderful shots Doug, a good perspective on them. :D

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Post by Sven Bernert »

The second one is a wall hanger IMO! You should print it big. Nicely done Doug.

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Post by karl-m »

I do like the 3rd shot...the detail is stunning.
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Post by beetleman »

Thanks for the wonderful comments everyone. Take care.

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Post by Danny »

Mike B in OKlahoma goes X-rated! :oops:

LOL, trust you M8t :lol:

Doug, the last shot is superb in my eyes. The rest go with it. I just loooove eye to eye views and thats just beautiful to see. A real macroscape. As Mike noted, very interesting read in this and we learn something new ever day. Just the right interesting ratios for anyone else reading this. Great details, makes for an appealing read and look.

All the best Doug, very nicely worked and done IMO. :D

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Post by Walter Piorkowski »

These are really nice Doug. The third is my favorite.

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