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    Sphagnum moss photo page?

    Hey everyone!

    I thought it would be interesting to add a "Sphagnum moss photo page" to my website. Mainly just sphagnum in cultivation. I was originally going to only post photos of my sphagnum moss, but it's not the best example of how it can really be grown in cultivation.

    Here's what I have to far.

    Voice your opinions, please!

    Thanks!

    *edit

    I was thinking that, whenever there are some nice pics of Sphagnum on here or any other forum, I would ask permission and post them on the page. And of course I would say who's pictures they are in the captions of the photo on the page.
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    Since there is something in the neighborhood of three hundred and fifty species of sphagnum (and counting), you've got your work cut out for you.

    Great idea, by the way . . .


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    Sounds like a fun project. You'll get a lot of duplicates since people may have obtained their starters from the same sources with the species unidentified. It takes a microscope to distinguish many of the characteristics between species and spores are a rare occurrence. Location data would certainly help sort out duplicates.

    I'll take some photos next week.

    Meanwhile look at this page which has some nice macro shots:
    http://culturesheet.org/sphagnaceae:sphagnum
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    S. palustre

    variable depending on the amount of light and how wet




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    Quote Originally Posted by BigBella View Post
    Since there is something in the neighborhood of three hundred and fifty species of sphagnum (and counting), you've got your work cut out for you.

    Great idea, by the way . . .
    I'm not sure that I want to attempt getting photos of all of the species, but instead just examples of how they grow in cultivation. If there is an identification for the Sphagnum though, then I will state it in the caption.

    Stunning Sphagnum and Heliamphoras by the way. Thanks for the photos, too.

    Sounds like a fun project. You'll get a lot of duplicates since people may have obtained their starters from the same sources with the species unidentified. It takes a microscope to distinguish many of the characteristics between species and spores are a rare occurrence. Location data would certainly help sort out duplicates.

    I'll take some photos next week.

    Meanwhile look at this page which has some nice macro shots:
    http://culturesheet.org/sphagnaceae:sphagnum
    Thanks for the website. Lots of great stuff there.

    Just to make sure, I should be asking people if I could use their photos, correct?

    S. palustris

    variable depending on the amount of light and how wet
    Thanks for the identified Sphagnum and photos!

    I'm glad everyone seems to like the idea so far.

    Since this will likely get tons of photos over time, should it be moved to a better website? Perhaps someone could create something like the Cpphotofinder. Or, do you think it will be alright attached to my website for now?

    Thanks.

    ---------- Post added at 02:03 PM ---------- Previous post was at 01:52 PM ----------

    I've added the photos to the page, with captions of who they are from, what's growing in the Sphagnum, and what conditions (I think) they are in. Correct me if I'm wrong...

    here they are!

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    http://plants.usda.gov/java/imageGal...16&submit.y=13

    Ive grown quite a few species over the years, including importing live cultures from NZ.
    But the best for CP's in my experience seems to be the one I call S. "super fluffy". It far exceeded the NZ variants in fluffyness, hardiness and growth rates.
    It has been widely distributed in the Cp'er circles over the years
    (I suspect it is a S. squarrosum variant)

    My least favorite has been the east coast "red" variant that is stringy and burgandy colored when grown in good light

    Super Fluffy


    Sphagnum is extremely hard to visually identify, so much depends on conditions.
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    Av8tor, are you suggesting I use those photos, or are you suggesting there is basically already a Sphagnum photo page?

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    ummm neither really, just a nice ref page

    :-)

    Some old pics of mine:



    (S. subnitens NZ is the slowest growing species I have ever seen, less then an inch a year)



    Same cultues one month later:


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