Friday, 27 January 2017

Build the wall! Build the wall!

Yesterday had a bit of a wall theme - Tortula muralis, Verrucaria muralis, Asplenium ruta-muraria ... even the tiny Pleosporum herbarum in Thrift stems had muriform spores. Walls make good habitat niches - on top of them, in their crevices, on their sunny and shaded faces, and in the areas underneath them where ruderal plants and bryophytes gather and where invertebrates are channelled and concentrated. I guess I'll get to know the walls of NT1582 pretty well over the next 11 months.

Tortula muralis, (with Bryum capillare already recorded)

Asplenium ruta-muraria

Verrucaria muralis, hiding in plain sight on mortar

Pleispora herbarum, with muriform spores

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