A Bouquet of Bryophytes: Thanks, Peter Lindelauf for sharing these delicate botanical beauties.
Originally shared by Peter Lindelauf
Botanical Wonders I Have Known
Fairy Parasols is the common name for Splachnum rubrum. Those aren’t flowers in the photos (a bouquet for Rajini Rao) but the fruiting bodies of a bryophyte. The photos may actually show two species–the pale, green Sphlachnum luteum and the pomegranate red Splachnum rubrum. However, the former ‘usually’ grows on moose droppings while the latter grows only on owl pellets. Imagine that. So, it would be odd to have both species in the same microsite.
I don’t miss forestry work but I do miss the plants of the boreal forest. I told the guy I subcontracted for, “I know we’re supposed to be doing industrial forestry but I’m just here for the flowers.” That got a laugh but it was true. I always stopped to smell the Rosa acicularis, as well.