Dendroalsia abietina is an attractive and easily identified moss that grows on the trunks of Garry Oak and Big Leaf Maple here at Leaning Oaks. It is some times called Balsam Fir Moss since the fronds look like someone shingled the trunk of a tree with felt cut outs of tiny Christmas Trees. In the summer, this moss shrivels up and forms a dense mat on the trunk of the trees. Here it grows only when the trunk gets some shade, trees out in the open tend not to have large mats of this moss. Another common name, Plume Moss, is a bit ambiguous since a number of other mosses go by that common name as well.
Two biologists on a beautiful property armed with cameras, smart phones and a marginal knowledge of websites took up the challenge of documenting one species a day on that property. Join along! Posts and photographs by Leah Ramsay and David Fraser (unless otherwise stated; started January 1, 2014.