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Moss / Liverwort / HornwortTortula

Unnamed at Macarthur, ACT

2 images

Tortula at Macarthur, ACT - 9 Jan 2018
Tortula at Macarthur, ACT - 9 Jan 2018

Identification history

Moss / Liverwort / Hornwort Tortula 10 Jan 2018 Heino
Unidentified 9 Jan 2018 RodDeb

Author's notes

Purple and curly found with other Lichens

2 comments

Heino wrote:
   10 Jan 2018
This is a moss. Your photos show it in the dry state, with the leaves curled up. With a bit of moisture the leaves would uncurl, open out and become green. One or more species of Tortula are common on the trunks of rough-barked trees in numerous Canberra suburbs. Quite often a Tortula colony extends for well over a metre on a trunk but, when dry, is easily overlooked. If you look at the open leaves with a hand lens (or with the help of a macro lens on a camera) you will often see what looks like a scattering of lots of small green granules (as shown here http://www.cpbr.gov.au/bryophyte/photos-captions/tortula-papillosa-172.html). Each granule is an asexual propagule (technically called a gemma) and is capable of growing into a new plant. Gemma-bearing colonies are quite common in Canberra.
RodDeb wrote:
   11 Jan 2018
It was actually only noticed on the photo of the Lichens after looked at on the computer. As you mention it is easy to overlook and we did this. Thank you very much for the extra information, most interesting. It really is amazing what is all around us that we so easily just walk past without noticing.
Thanks.

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Nearby Sightings

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Pentatomidae (family) (Unidentified Shield or Stink bug) at Macarthur, ACT - 29 Apr 2018 Mandalotus spurcus (Weevil) at Macarthur, ACT - 29 Apr 2018 Servaea sp. (genus) (Unidentified Servaea jumping spider) at Macarthur, ACT - 29 Apr 2018 Leptocneria reducta (White cedar moth) at Macarthur, ACT - 29 Apr 2018 Euryopis umbilicata (Striped tick spider) at Macarthur, ACT - 29 Apr 2018 Euryopis umbilicata (Striped tick spider) at Macarthur, ACT - 29 Apr 2018 Scopula rubraria (Reddish Wave) at Macarthur, ACT - 9 Jan 2018 Acarospora citrina (TBC) at Macarthur, ACT - 9 Jan 2018 Rutilia (Donovanius) sp. (genus & subgenus) (A Bristle Fly) at Macarthur, ACT - 9 Jan 2018 Parmeliaceae (A lichen family) at Macarthur, ACT - 9 Jan 2018 Cacatua galerita (Sulphur-crested Cockatoo) at Macarthur, ACT - 9 Jan 2018 Phaulacridium vittatum (Wingless Grasshopper) at Macarthur, ACT - 9 Jan 2018 Acridotheres tristis (Common Myna) at Macarthur, ACT - 9 Jan 2018 Ocyphaps lophotes (Crested Pigeon) at Macarthur, ACT - 9 Jan 2018 Manorina melanocephala (Noisy Miner) at Macarthur, ACT - 9 Jan 2018 Sarcophagidae sp. (family) (Unidentified flesh fly) at Macarthur, ACT - 9 Jan 2018 Platycercus elegans (Crimson Rosella) at Macarthur, ACT - 2 Jan 2018 Isopeda sp.(genus) (Huntsman Spider) at Macarthur, ACT - 1 Jan 2018 Circopetes obtusata (Grey Twisted Moth) at Macarthur, ACT - 1 Jan 2018 Eriophora transmarina (Garden orb weaver) at Macarthur, ACT - 1 Jan 2018 Eriophora pustulosa (Knobbled Orbweaver) at Macarthur, ACT - 1 Jan 2018 Zizina otis (Common Grass-blue) at Macarthur, ACT - 31 Dec 2017 Acridotheres tristis (Common Myna) at Macarthur, ACT - 27 Dec 2017 Cacatua galerita (Sulphur-crested Cockatoo) at Macarthur, ACT - 27 Dec 2017 Ocyphaps lophotes (Crested Pigeon) at Macarthur, ACT - 15 Nov 2017 Acanthiza chrysorrhoa (Yellow-rumped Thornbill) at Macarthur, ACT - 4 May 2017
Pentatomidae (family) (Unidentified Shield or Stink bug) at Macarthur, ACT - 29 Apr 2018
Mandalotus spurcus (Weevil) at Macarthur, ACT - 29 Apr 2018
Servaea sp. (genus) (Unidentified Servaea jumping spider) at Macarthur, ACT - 29 Apr 2018
Leptocneria reducta (White cedar moth) at Macarthur, ACT - 29 Apr 2018
Euryopis umbilicata (Striped tick spider) at Macarthur, ACT - 29 Apr 2018
Euryopis umbilicata (Striped tick spider) at Macarthur, ACT - 29 Apr 2018
Scopula rubraria (Reddish Wave) at Macarthur, ACT - 9 Jan 2018
Acarospora citrina (TBC) at Macarthur, ACT - 9 Jan 2018
Rutilia (Donovanius) sp. (genus & subgenus) (A Bristle Fly) at Macarthur, ACT - 9 Jan 2018
Parmeliaceae (A lichen family) at Macarthur, ACT - 9 Jan 2018
Cacatua galerita (Sulphur-crested Cockatoo) at Macarthur, ACT - 9 Jan 2018
Phaulacridium vittatum (Wingless Grasshopper) at Macarthur, ACT - 9 Jan 2018
Acridotheres tristis (Common Myna) at Macarthur, ACT - 9 Jan 2018
Ocyphaps lophotes (Crested Pigeon) at Macarthur, ACT - 9 Jan 2018
Manorina melanocephala (Noisy Miner) at Macarthur, ACT - 9 Jan 2018
Sarcophagidae sp. (family) (Unidentified flesh fly) at Macarthur, ACT - 9 Jan 2018
Platycercus elegans (Crimson Rosella) at Macarthur, ACT - 2 Jan 2018
Isopeda sp.(genus) (Huntsman Spider) at Macarthur, ACT - 1 Jan 2018
Circopetes obtusata (Grey Twisted Moth) at Macarthur, ACT - 1 Jan 2018
Eriophora transmarina (Garden orb weaver) at Macarthur, ACT - 1 Jan 2018
Eriophora pustulosa (Knobbled Orbweaver) at Macarthur, ACT - 1 Jan 2018
Zizina otis (Common Grass-blue) at Macarthur, ACT - 31 Dec 2017
Acridotheres tristis (Common Myna) at Macarthur, ACT - 27 Dec 2017
Cacatua galerita (Sulphur-crested Cockatoo) at Macarthur, ACT - 27 Dec 2017
Ocyphaps lophotes (Crested Pigeon) at Macarthur, ACT - 15 Nov 2017
Acanthiza chrysorrhoa (Yellow-rumped Thornbill) at Macarthur, ACT - 4 May 2017

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Species information

  • Not Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

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