Monday, 20 April 2015

Pseudotaxiphyllum fruiting?

Another specimen collected from Cefn Mably last weekend was this possible Pseudotaxiphyllum elegans growing on a log. Nothing at all remarkable about that, but there were numerous sporophytes present. Capsules seem to be rarely reported in this species, with two records of fruiting specimens mentioned in the Carms flora and none in the Pembs flora.

There were some deciduous branchlets present and the leaf bases are not decurrent, so I think it must be P. elegans and not a Plagiothecium species - but if anyone disagrees please let me know.


  1. It looks a little odd, with slightly more pointed leaves than I'd expect. It doesn't look right for Plagiothecium curvifolium or Sematophyllum substrumulosum though. One to hang on to!

  2. Right, I'll certainly keep hold of it then! Thanks.