Hope Valerandii is stil alive
Habitat surely limestone, in calyey wet substrate in shaded position. The plant formed white side flagelliform rhizoids from aerial part of stem. The width of the leaves circa 0.2-0.4 mm
I have been studying mosses on a occassonal cases for some years and got a nice record list. Some records need revising since I am NO EXPERT, not even a skilled amateur, though you sound quite -> very knowledgable person.
- Cephalozia or Leiocolea.
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If you were not looking for a particular new liverwort the likelihood is that you found Leiocolea. The moss in the picture looks like a Didymodon.
I would be interested in any new records of mosses for a revised checklist I am compiling at present. The identifications need to be certain and to species level, preferably determined by a professional bryologist. I can identify most species to genus level but need help going further, unless I have met with them before.
But to make certain it would be best to consult with an expert on liverworts.
Where is the location BTW? The probable Didymodon interests me.
I remembered another thing why I rejected Leiocolea, in my keys, this genus should have underleaves, which I failed to observe, but even from the pic, it seems the leaves are singular.
Hence I was directed to a different key between Plagiochilaceae, Cephaloziaceae and Jungermanniaceae. I will study again the sample shortly.
I have studied 3 other specimens and I am now quite sure that the species is Leiocolea turbinata as you suggested. The lateral leaves observed were more rounded and typical as per description of this species. The book forthmentioned did not list L. turbinata (which do not have underleaves) and hence the keys did not apply well for this species.
If the species is quite frequent in Malta, then i have always missed it. I will comment on the other moss shortly in a different post after I organise a bit the forum with regards to moss posts.
NOTE: This post will be soon dissected to different posts in a new Bryophyte section in this forum.
Secondary leaves definitely missing. Leaf base constricted. Lobes variably shaped, often blunt-tipped, sometims rounded, sometimes acute.
- Lateral leaves
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