05.15.2021 Stair-step Moss

Although quite abundant this was my first encounter with Hylocomium splendens. Branched and strongly textured it is not at all like a ball of soft fiber that we often see and is more of a mat on the forest floor.

Aka glittering woodmoss, splendid feather moss, and mountain fern moss, amongย  its uses is a stuffer between logs in a rustic home and one of several mosses that contain compounds helpful in countering cancerous tumors. I found the combination of reddish stems and fern-like green fronds attractive.


About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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25 Responses to 05.15.2021 Stair-step Moss

  1. picpholio says:

    Wonderful miniature landscape ๐Ÿ™‚


  2. I’ve never seen this stuff but it’s lovely.

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  3. A very interesting plant. I could not tell from the photo how big the moss is. It is more like a fern? I don’t recall seeing it in the Pennsylvania mountains, but it look for it this summer.

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  4. An effectively busy way to fill the frame.

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  5. Peter Klopp says:

    I can see that this is not ordinary moss. It must feel great to walk on it with your bare feet, Steve.

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    • You know, I did not check out it’s texture, Peter. It may be soft but it seemed a little more evergreen-like to me just by its appearance.Next time I’ll check that out. It seemed unusual to me but it is said to be widespread in distribution. Something new every day.

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  6. Eliza Waters says:

    Well-spotted, Steve. It is a beauty!

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  7. shoreacres says:

    Pretty and useful: always a good combination. This seems to have served much the same purpose as Spanish moss in the old Cajun homes in Louisiana. It looks like it could be a William Morris design.

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    • It is pretty and I’d have a hard time tearing it up to use as chinking but if it is a choice between freezing or not then I guess I could. We used to buy wrapping paper with various floral designs similar to this.

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  8. A lovely image – and so many wonderful names!

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  9. Todd Henson says:

    I don’t think I’ve seen this before. Or if I have I didn’t realize it. And I agree, it really is an attractive scene.

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    • Same here, Todd. I’ve walked this trail several times but had never noticed it before. From the spread of the growth I am sure it’s not a recent development. I haven’t really pursued mosses and their relatives but this has me wanting more. Thanks!


  10. Very nice Steve! Enjoyed seeing your image! Never saw this before!

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  11. bluebrightly says:

    This is cool to see because it’s a very common moss here in moist forests along paths. It’s good to see a really nice image of it. I personally haven’t had such good luck photographing mosses yet but maybe I need to work harder. I like the other moss peeping through – I see that one here a lot, too, whatever it is. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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