Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Calliergonella (Hypnum) lindbergii

For the first time in ages I was allowed to get away from the desk to a meeting just north of Pontneddfechan (Brecks).  Whilst walking back to car I remembered that C. lindbergii likes to grow in short-cropped turf by tracks/roadsides and just like the stuff I was walking past.  I hadn't seen it for quite some time but about 15 seconds later there it was poking up between the grasses!   I notice that the NBN seems to show quite a few gaps for this moss in Glam, so if some of you are not aleady aware of where it might grow here are a couple pics to help locate it.

by the way George, apologies for not making myself known to you at meeting last week - by time I realised who you were and meeting had ended I got highjacked by Rebecca and had to discuss work.

Oh well, looks like I have lost my blog virginity - time for an imaginary cigarette!


  1. Welcome to our 'community' Graham! Hypnum lindbergii is something of a coming of age species for bryologists - H.H. Knight learned to recognise it in his 2nd year of mossing, I think, see the Carms Flora.

  2. Welcome to the blog Graham, and thanks for the tip about H lindbergii - not a species I know anything about.

    Likewise about the meeting - I was hoping to say hello at the end but it's always difficult when there are so many people to catch up with, or put faces to names..

  3. Hey Graham, great to have you on board ... the family is growing!
    I have seen this species just a few times, but it seems rather elusive down here in the lowlands.

  4. Sam's mention of Roy jogged my memory that many many years ago I sent him some bryo records from Glam - looking at NBN it looks like Roy might not have passed them on to BRC/ Mark Hill. Records would have been on paper and I doubt if I have kept a copy, but one I do recall, which is probably uncommon on Gower, was Campylopus atrovirens growing in wet heath or flushed acid turf - possibly from somewhere near Arthurs Stone. Anyway, if you haven't recorded it on Gower already it is perhaps something to keep in mind.



  5. Great to hear from you Graham. I have a distant memory of us sitting in the old hostel near Porth yr Ogof on a soggy Breconshire day discussing the difficulty of finding Colura on an oak tree in the Nedd Fechan Valley (re: Martha Newton's record). Now it's everywhere. As for Calliergonella lindbergii, it turns up occasionally in short turf alongside forestry roads in the Neath and Afan valleys.