Leucobryum moss on forest floor

Leucobryum moss on forest floor

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Caption: Leucobryum glaucum moss. A rich tuft of bright green Leucobryum glaucum moss growing under dead chestnut leaves on a forest floor. This moss forms distinctive water-soaked cushions called moss balls, which are sometimes found to be completely detached from the soil, but alive. The species is common in woodland, heaths and bogs, and usually grows in acid soil. Like all mosses it has no true roots, depending instead on its leaves to absorb water and minerals. Damp conditions are needed for sexual reproduction because the male sperm must migrate to the female cells via a film of water on the plant's surface.

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Keywords: botany, bryophyte, bryophytes, floor, forest, leucobryum glaucum, moss, mosses, nature, on forest floor, plant, type, woodland, woodland floor

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