Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Garden bryo query

Continuing the recent garden bryo theme...the pale green moss in the photo below turned up in a planter in our garden a couple of years ago. I didn't get around to taking a sample, and soon after the stems collapsed and the plant died.

The colour is a pretty good likeness to how it appeared in life, so I think it must be Pohlia wahlenbergii - but I'd appreciate confirmation, if possible, as I've not seen this moss elsewhere in urban Cardiff. As the photo below shows, it was growing in a soggy, neglected  planter (with no drainage). The only close associate was Bryum capillare.




  1. Looks like you've got it right to me George. Amazingly this species is virtually unrecorded in the Vale and the nearest record to Cardiff is from Forest Fawr in 1960.

  2. Thanks Barry. I'll stick the record in. It's common along forestry tracks in the woods NE of Cardiff, but it is hard to know whether it's genuinely scarce in the Vale due to the chronic levels of under-recording!