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Nationally Scarce Sphagnum Found!

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Nationally Scarce Sphagnum Found!

A Nationally Scarce moss Sphagnum austinii has been recorded on site by our in-house bryologist Julie.  This species of Sphagnum moss is a first for vice county 101 Kintyre!  The presence of this moss indicates a relatively undisturbed area of blanket bog.   

This species can be readily identified in the field owing to the firm hummocks it can form and the ochre-brown to chestnut colour.  However, identification should be confirmed at the microscope (looking for ‘comb fibrils’ in the stem leaves), as this species could be confused for other species of Sphagnum moss. 


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