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    S. cristatum sporophyte

    Here is something that is common yet many have never seen, Sphagnum sporophytes.

    I originally imported this species live from New Zealand many moons ago. This culture is a descendant of the original cultures that were featured in my "Growing Sphagnum Moss" web page.

    Sorry for the crappy pics but the humidity levels above the sphagnum was so intense the lens would fog up almost immediately, I had to move fast and hope for the best.
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    "...The sporophyte of Sphagnum consists of a nearly globose capsule and a foot; a seta is absent. At maturity, the sporophyte is elevated into the air by a stalk of gametophytic origin termed the pseudopodium. The capsule, like that of other mosses, is provided with an operculum, but a peristome is lacking and spore discharge, rather than being gradual, is explosive. Upon germination, each spore gives rise to a unistratose sheet of cells that forms multicellular masses (buds) from which the leafy gametophytes arise. "
    http://www.bio.umass.edu/biology/conn.river/mosses.html

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    WOW, thats awesome!

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    Looks a bit like Taxus with fruit that way
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    I've had my sphagnum produce those last year. I was wondering what they were and now that you've clarified, it tells me I must have been doing something right!
    Talk about saturated! Looks real healthy. I always like a good pic of sphagnum.
    Thanks for sharing.
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    Very nice, Butch. All of that talk of pseudopodia and gametophytes is causing me some sleepless Botany flashbacks; and don't even get me started on those convoluted haploid/diploid life cycles of mosses and bryophytes.

    It puts some of the crap that goes on in San Francisco to shame . . .
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    Bloke,
    Its a new culture, once established it won't be that saturated...

    LOL @ David

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    So THAT's what the creepy club-like bug antennae in my D. arcturi pot were

    Weird moss :P
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    Quote Originally Posted by Av8tor1 View Post
    Its a new culture, once established it won't be that saturated...
    Have you noticed whether different species prefer different levels of water saturation?
    All the best,
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