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moss at wied qirda

Posted: Tue Jan 02, 2007 8:45 pm
by wolf
I found this nice mossy plant at wied qirda - pretty near the place where there is selaginella - but I dont think this is selginella what is it ?
pine - you are usually the expert on primitives and mosses right ?
cheers and a happy new year to all on the forum


Posted: Wed Jan 03, 2007 8:48 am
by MWP admin
I would say Brachythecium (prob. rutabulum)

Posted: Wed Jan 03, 2007 5:37 pm
by wolf
thanks MWP - to be honest was not aware such " furry " mosses existed in Malta - cannot be very common I guess since they appear to need very wet and humid places - but then I could be wrong on this as well really is not my subject


Posted: Thu Jan 04, 2007 6:08 am
by MWP admin
Dont worry of "being wrong" - the fact you have noticed the moss, took a photo and making some research about is already a lot for the Maltese standard! The forum here has a friendly approach rather than an a stiff accademic one!!

Regards occurance, I can't tell much as I dont have years of experience and never looked closely to mosses. Your best bet is to have a look at the red data book and see if it is listedt here.

Posted: Thu Jan 04, 2007 1:24 pm
by RB
Plenty of this at Buskett, the north facing side "opposite" the Verdala Castle.


Posted: Thu Jan 18, 2007 9:51 am
by MWP admin
I recentely found this moss species in Xlendi (wied kantra) too, I also found Clematis cirrhose here and I was reading some mepa report (found on the net) that this valley hosts some rare species.

Posted: Thu Jan 18, 2007 5:24 pm
Xlendi valley is one of the most important valleys in Gozo. We should go on a hike there hux :-D

Posted: Thu Jan 18, 2007 5:33 pm
by wolf
Hello Pine
Long time no see ! my pic above is the same moss you photographed at incita hux ? ...about a couple of weeks back i shot pics at incita of what looks like a liverwort but i am a qastna on this subject - photos came out awful as well thats why im not posting...

isma i have already a week ago seen orchis collina and spotted orchids in flower - i thought that was pretty early no ? in fact i am thinking of taking a look to see if the beautiful barlia has bloomed already...

global warming will burn us all in the end !!


Posted: Thu Jan 18, 2007 8:41 pm
by MWP admin
Great idea pine (re hike at Xlendi)

Not great idea wolf (re: global warming w'll kill us) but you are perfectely right! This year we shall expect a shift of the season, and if it will keep dry, we might miss some flowers too :-(

Posted: Fri Jan 19, 2007 3:16 pm
Yes Wolf that is exactly the same moss. I am no expert on the matter! I just like the primitive plants but I have no books or anything on which to start identifying :(

Well global warming is around....... :cherry:

Posted: Wed Dec 08, 2010 1:16 pm
by MWP admin
Quoting valerandi:


This post is a little late but I hope is helpful.

Photo 1 may be Brachytechium rutabulum but it is more probably Scorpiurium circinatum which is the most common Maltese pleurocarpous moss and which I know is common in the Wied Qirda Maquis. The photo is not enough to distinguish with absolute certainty.