More Christmas tree moss

Climacium dendroides grows on north-facing slopes.  In winter and early spring it is exposed to fairly high levels of light (for the season, anyway) and it takes on a fairly light shade of green.  Later it becomes shaded by a double canopy–the leaves of the trees and the leaves of the spring ephemerals, and displays a darker shade of green.

The flowers are May apple and spring beauty.


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Nature photographer from central Iowa.
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4 Responses to More Christmas tree moss

  1. Zahara says:

    may apple and spring beauty. What’s the umbrella-ish plant?

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