Bryophytes (Mosses, Liverworts, and Hornworts) •

Baltic Sphagnum

(Sphagnum balticum)



Occurs as scattered stems, occasionally in small patches. Small, similar in size to large shoots of S. tenellum. The capitula are rarely more than 10 mm wide, pale brown or a bright yellowish-brown. Upper spreading branches rise above the centre of the capitulum, giving it an untidy appearance when viewed from the side. Fascicles have 2 spreading and 1 (rarely 2) pendent branches. Only a single juvenile branch is visible between rays of the capitulum. Spreading branch leaves are in indistinct straight lines, and the pendent branches do not clothe the stem. Stem leaves are usually readily visible, more or less spreading and concave, with a rounded tip, though may look acute owing to inrolled leaf margins, and are relatively large in comparison to the size of the plant and branch leaves. The stem is often flushed pink below the capitulum, pale lower down, contrasting with darker branches. Capsules have not been recorded in Britain

Taxonomic tree:

Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Bryophyta
Class: Sphagnopsida
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