On the Rocks

Discussion in 'Plants and Biodiversity Stumpers' started by fourd, Jun 9, 2005.

  1. fourd

    fourd Active Member 10 Years

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    I found these little plants growing in moss on cliffs while I was fishing the Yogahaney River in Western Maryland.
     

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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Out of focus. Maybe Rhododendron or Kalmia.
     
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    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Ron, I think the lack of clarity is part of the game... so I'm assuming the out of focus is on purpose.

    All I know is that those are very small leaves. I think I can identify the moss in the upper part of the photograph as Rhytidiadelphus triquetrus - do I get points for that?
     
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    fourd Active Member 10 Years

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    I guess I have to give it to both of you -- R. maximum is native to that area. I croped out some better specimens but still very characteristic. Here are some better pictures (would be a little easy though). Im always facinated that these things grow to a huge plants with just a hadfull of humus and yet so often killed in gardens...
     

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    From the same trip, I believe this was Ron's other guess. In comparison, the leaves are 1/4 the size but you can't tell from pic without a good reference.
     

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