Tideswell Dale

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Spiral Extinguisher-moss (Encalypta streptocarpa)

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Greater Featherwort (Plagiochila asplenoides) - Bifid Crestwort (Lophocolea bidentata) - Pointed Spear-moss (Caliergonella cuspidata)

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Flat Neckera (Neckera complanata)

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Rambling Tail-moss (Anomodon viticulosus) & Greater Featherwort (Plagiochila asplenoides)

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Frizzled Cris-moss (Tortella tortuosa)

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Greater Featherwort (Plagiochila asplenoides)

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Frizzled Crisp-moss (Tortella tortuosa) Dry

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Frizzled Crisp-moss (Tortella tortuosa) Wet

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Bendy Ditrichum (Ditrichum flexicaule) (perhaps?) growing through the Frizzled Crisp-moss (Tortella tortuosa)

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Thickpoint Grimmia (Schistidium crassipilum)

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A Norfolk Common

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Pale Tussock Moth (Calliteara pudibunda)

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A Dicranum Sp ? with crinkled leaves.

turned out to be

Crisped Fork-moss (Dicranum bonjeanii)

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Heath Plait-moss (Hypnum jutlandicum)


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Common Haircap Moss (Polytrichum commune)

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Strict Haircap (Polytrichum strictum)

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You can see the unrolled leaf margins in the photos and the brown tip is untoothed. It grows in hummocks.

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Not the best of pictures but it does clearly show the inrolled margins of the leaf.

Strict Haircap (Polytrichum strictum)

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One of the first things to do when beginning to identify Sphagnums is deciding whether the branch leaves are hooded or not. In this case the branch leaves have no 3 dimensionality about them and are therefor not hooded.

The next thing is do to pinch the top bud (capitulum) away from the branches it sits on.

If it leaves a ruff of stem leaves like the one you can see in the image above it is likely to be Sphagnum fimbriatum.

Sphagnum fimbriatum is also quite brittle and the capitulum comes away easily in your fingers. Some Sphagnums are much tougher.

To go a step further you need to look at the shape of the stem leaves.

In this case the stem leaf is twice as wide as it is long.

Sphagnum fimbriatum

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Blunt-leaved Bog Moss (Sphagnum palustre)

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Sphagnum Sp?

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Broom Fork-moss (Dicranum scoparium)

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Silky Forklet-moss (Dicranella heteromalla) & Bifid Crestwort (Lophocolea bidentata)

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Bifid Crestwort (Lophocolea bidentata)

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Bog Groove-moss (Aulacomnium palustre)

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