I'm a little late with my follow a tree with Loose and Leafy post this month, but better late than never as they say.
Firstly I thought I'd show you close-ups of my chosen tree, a (almost) 100 year old Bramley Apple tree that can be found in the orchard at The Orchard Tea Room & Farm Shop.
As you can see the tree has not escaped damage during its' long life. Part of it is hollow, possibly caused by a branch falling long ago. But there is plenty of life there.
The branches are encrusted with mosses up to 16 different moss species have been found on the old Bramley trees in this particular orchard:
|SCIENTIFIC NAME||COMMON NAME||NOTES|
|Amblystegium serpens||Creeping Feather-moss|
|Brachythecium rutabulum||Rough-stalked Feather-moss|
|Bryum capillare||Capillary Thread-moss|
|Cryphaea heteromalla||Lateral Cryphaea||A Clean Air species|
|Dicranoweisia cirrata||Common Pincushion|
|Frullania dilatata||Dilated Scalewort|
|Grimmia pulvinata||Grey-cushioned Grimmia|
|Homalothecium sericeum||Silky Wall Feather-moss|
|Hypnum cupressiforme||Cypress-leaved Plait-moss|
|Hypnum resupinatum||Supine Plait-moss|
|Orthotrichum affine||Wood Bristle-moss|
|Orthotrichum diaphanum||White-tipped Bristle-moss|
|Orthotrichum lyellii||Lyell's Bristle-moss||A Clean Air species|
|Rhynchostegium confertum||Clustered Feather-moss|
|Syntrichia laevipila||Small Hairy Screw-moss|
|Syntrichia montana||Intermediate Screw-moss|
|Syntrichia papillosa||Marble Screw-moss||A Clean Air species|
|Ulota bruchii||Bruch's Pincushion||A Clean Air species|
|Ulota phyllantha||Frizzled Pincushion||A Clean Air species|
|Zygodon conoideus||Lesser Yoke-moss|
The tree is almost in blossom, I'll get some photographs for you as the buds open.