Some Mosses

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  1. Andre
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    We normally climb skeleton gorge a few times a year so today we decided it was time to go up the mountain again.

    I really love the view of the city you get from there

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    Anyways... at the waterfall I found this Fissidens like moss growing next to another type of moss

    Any ideas what they are?

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    Very nice Andre!!

    I have no idea what moss that is but I have found aquatic moss in the river that looks like the darker ones in your picture.

    I will ask around.
     
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    You found this moss at a waterfall? Interesting stuff. :) Did you manage to capture a piece for scientific study? :)
     
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    Hi Cameron

    I did not take any of it. I guess I could go up there again and get a small sample. But at the moment my aching body is having none of that :)
     
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    It's a real pity you didn't bring home a sample, Andre. You could possibly be the next hobbyist to introduce a new moss to our hobby if you had done so. The fact that the mosses were found at a waterfall would mean they are at least semi-aquatic, in that they can live underwater as well as above water.

    There are at least 2 bryophytes in your picture. One looks like a species of Fissidens but I think the other is probably a liverwort and not a moss. Liverworts and Mosses both fall under the category of "brophytes". A liverwort that is familiar to many of us would be Riccia fluitans.

    The next time you go up the mountain, Andre, please bring a sample home.

    Loh K L
     
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    Actually I have found a few moss species on my hikes.

    Next time I will try to bring home a small piece and look at it under a microscope.
     
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    That liverwort looks very interesting... a bit like Monosolenium perhaps.
     
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    Next time you need to send a piece over to Kwek Leong for scientific study, seriously. 'Costerus' Moss sounds way cool :)
     
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    Don't know how I missed this post.

    Andre, the moss that looks like it could be a species of Fissidens is quite common around the Cape and can be found in abundance in Newlands forest.

    The other (as mentioned) looks like a liverwort. I cant say I've seen it here before, but then again I haven't been up Skeleton Gorge.
     
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    That reminds me, I recall (a couple of years back) seeing some moss grow by the pool and waterfall at Deer Park too. Must go and check it out again.
     
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    That is correct, we will obviously have to get permission to do this.
     
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    which they wont give as it is a national park, unless you have a valid reason. perhaps Dirk can help?
     
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    Hi all.

    I can get you guys 100% aquatic moss from ther river for testing?Its seasonal, but expect it to be all year in a stable inviroment such as aqarium.

    I have found 3 different moss species in the bree rivier that grows 100% submerged.
     
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    once again - you are not allowed to collect any fauna or flora without the valid permits
     
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    And im also not alowed to drive 80 in a 60 zone but sometimes you just can help it. JOKE!!!!

    The part of the river I can go to is owned by private people which I know so there should not be any issues.Obviously doest matter who ownes it.Even if I owned it myself its still against the law but its for good reasons.HEHE....
     
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