Mosses: Dicranum sp.

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  1. Nik

    Nik Rising Contributor

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    A slightly frozen Dicranum moss in the yard. Grows on top of granite rock and has a year-round nice bright green color. Occasionally I use it for small flower arrangements.
    I think it is either D. scoparium or D. fulvum.
     

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    Margot Generous Contributor 10 Years

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    That is gorgeous! Apparently there are Dicranum mosses including D. scoparium that grow widely in BC but I don't remember ever noticing it before. Now, I'll be on the lookout. I like how you've used it with the orchid too.
     
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    Acerholic Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout Maple Society

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    I think more and more people are going to be looking at moss in a different light after seeing N @Nik beautiful photos and the combination with the Orchid. 'Very special'.
     
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    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Do this test: wet your finger and brush it against the tips of the leaves -- if the awns break off onto your finger, it is likely Dicranum scoparium
     
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    Acerholic Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout Maple Society

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    I have never heard of this test, thankyou so much for this info Daniel.
     
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    I did the test. The result was negative. That indicates that it is D. fulvum.
    Additional clue to the ID is the substrate. It grows on rocks which is a characteristic for fulvum. In contrast, scoparium grows on soil, definitely not the case here.
    Thanks Daniel!
     
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    One more photo
     

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    Acerholic Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout Maple Society

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    I think you may have the most Dicranum fulvum of anybody on this great new forum N.
    If there was a competition to see who had the most rocks, then you are definatly no 1, = the moss in your garden is very happy indeed.
     

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