A Noble Wall

Posted by Graeme Lyons , Monday 28 November 2011 07:35

After showing me his Wrinkled Peach, Howard took me to a fantastic wall on the Goodwood estate with some rather fantastic mosses. It was one of those moments where you see a new community for the first time and nearly everything is different and new. First off was the species I coveted the most, Prince of Wales Feather-moss Leptodon smithii.
And here is the exact same moss when it is dry and curled up.
Growing with the above was this moss (quite nice for an acrocarp) and also very distinctive. Howard found this soon after getting into mosses in the 1980s and it is still one of the most easterly sites for this species in the UK. It's Tortella nitida.
On the top of the same wall, I was also shown this moss which looked quite like the much commoner Homalothecium sericeum at first but was quite different on closer inspection. It's Leucodon sciuroides.
And here is Howard holding up a column, Howard is the one on the right.
I was then shown a are moss growing on the exposed roots of a Beech tree and was pleasantly surprised to find the two bryophytes growing adjacent to this moss were also ticks. So, in the order that they were revealed to me we have Cirriphyllum crassinervium.
The rather crisped up liverwort Porella platyphylla.
And the rare one, Scorpiurium circinatum.
And finally. growing on flints on the ground. The tiny and scarce liverwort Lophocolea fragrans.

3 Response to "A Noble Wall"

Rob Says:

Those old flint knappers were real craftsmen, and the walls have so many nooks and crannies for things to live in.

Mark G. Telfer Says:

I'm intrigued by the 'Ladies Winkins' tag ... what's that about?!

Graeme Lyons Says:

Hi Mark
Sorry, I swas going to mention that in the post. It will appear in the third part tomorrow. It's not that exciting though, just the name of the wood!

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