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.