Glen Parva & Glenhills Nature Reserve - Species List

Key to the list at the end of each section:
Black - Bio Blitz 2015 not photographed
Blue - Bio Blitz 2015 photographed
Red - photographed & identified by Volunteers
Green - from NatureSpot
All pictures are taken on the reserve.
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Mosses and Liverworts

Mosses evolved from liverworts. A patch of moss is made of many tiny moss plants packed together so that they can hold water for as long as possible and hey do not have roots.They do not make seeds or have fruit. Moss waits until there is lots of food and enough water. Then it produces spores that leave the parent plant and float away. The spores are like dust.

Liverworts are a group of simple plants. Scientists believe that liverworts were the first bryophyte to evolve. They believe that mosses, hornworts, and more complex plants then evolved from liverworts. Scientists decided this from mitochondrial DNA.

Rough-stalked Feather-moss - Brachythecium rutabulum

John F 1st December 2020

One of the UK's commonest mosses, forming loose medium–sized and occasionally large patches of growth found in varying locations including bogs, lawns, woodlands and cliffs. Ascending or erect branches, with spreading leaves with fine toothed margins that are egg–shaped with a roughened setae. Stem and branch leaves are similar in shape, the larger ones reaching 2–3mm (0.08–0.12in), often narrowing to an acute tip. This species most closely resembles B. rivulare and intermediate forms may occur.

Wood Bristle-moss - Orthotrichum affine

John F 1st December 2020

Bristle mosses favour damp conditions, but grow across the UK. Trees on woodland edges in parts of Wales, western England or southern Scotland, may host seven or eight species.
They mostly grow on a wide range of host trees, particularly trees with base-rich bark, such as willow, poplar, sycamore and ash. Black elder is favoured by bristle mosses in eastern England because of its moisture-retentive bark,

Bio Blitz ------ 26-06-2015

Common feather moss - Kindbergia praelonga
Common pocket moss - Fissidens taxifolius
Creeping Feather-moss - Amblystegium serpens
Crescent cup liverwort - Lunilaria
Crisped Pincushion - Ulota crispa
Cypress-leaved Plait-moss - Hypnum cupressiform
Dilated Scalewort - Frullania dilatata
Endive Pellia - Pellia endiviifolia
Fern-leaved Hook-moss - Cratoneuron filicinum
Forked Veilwort - Metzgeria furcata

Greater water moss - Fontinalis antiferutica
Grey-cushioned Grimmia - Grimmia pulvinata
Hart's-tongue Thyme-moss - Plagiomnium undulatum
Lateral Cryphaea - Cryphaea heteromalla

Liverwort - Marchantia polymorpha
Many-fruited Leskea - Leskea polycarpa
River Feather-moss - Brachythecium rivulare

Rough-stalked feather moss - Brachythecium rutabulum
Silver-moss - Bryum argenteum
Wall Screw-moss - Tortula muralis
Wood bristle-moss - Orthotrichum affine

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