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Funaria hygrometrica (#1)
(Cord Moss or Water-Measuring Moss)


Funaria hygrometrica is a very common moss especially on ground where there has been a fire, or ashes have been dumped. It is found worldwide in slightly varying forms. This magnificent specimen demonstrates the gem-like beauty of the maturing spore cases. Note the twisting of the setae which accounts for its popular name of Cord Moss.

In maturity the setae (stems) when dry twist like a cord, often becoming hopelessly entwined in the process.

Note the lone sporophyte which failed to mature and remains straight and unaffected by humidity changes. 


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