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Lophocolea heterophylla

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The strange white filaments on this picture are the stems, on which the capsules of the liverwort Lophocolea heterophylla are raised. (The terminus technicus for this kind of stem is seta.) The capsules are the small light brown balls. The plant itself can't be seen on this picture. It grew together with some other frequent mosses of woods and meadows. E.g. above one can see some capsules of Atrichum undulatum. The green branches below probably belong to some Brachythecium- species (link only in german).

Homepage(2)     Mosspictures by Michael Becker, 07/2004. Last modification: 07/2004.