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Kelsey
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Username: soggynacho

Post Number: 604
Registered: 01-2003


Posted on Thursday, April 06, 2006 - 12:31 pm:       

I live in central KY and I'm trying to identify a moss. by searching the internet the closest i can come to is Fontinalis antipyretica or Fontinalis spp. sometimes called willow moss what confuses me is that it is listed as a native species in europe as well and some pics of willow moss look very different from each other.
It may help to know that it is in a spring with a constant temp of about 55 degrees year-round it never freezes.
I was hoping someone interested in natives such as Cindy could help me. Also do you know off hand if it is legal to collect?
I will try to get a picture when I get off work (not that i'm at work right now )
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Kelsey
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Username: soggynacho

Post Number: 606
Registered: 01-2003


Posted on Thursday, April 06, 2006 - 08:01 pm:       

Here are some photos- you can see the other 3 from this link too.
http://www.badmanstropicalfish.com/species-gallery/gallery_main.html/photo-gallery/displayimage.php?album=108&pos= 42
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cindy
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Username: cindy

Post Number: 9876
Registered: 05-2003


Posted on Thursday, April 06, 2006 - 11:00 pm:       

I am not familiar with it, but if I were going to guess, I might guess coldwater willow moss, or Fontinalis antipyretica: http://home.zonnet.nl/andrewspink/mosses/pictures/Fontianlis%20antipyretica%2037 90.jpg

Lucky you! I wouldn't hesitate to add a couple small pieces to my aquarium and see how it does in warmer water. You can't beat free. The only stuff I can collect free here is stuff that looks a lot like hair algae, floaters like watercress, and emergent plants like arrowheads. I would really like to plant my native tank...with plants that tolerate CW and that I collect for free, since they will likely get eaten. Those guys even ate a full covering of salvinia over spring break, and up until now, nobody ate that except the T. bythobates.

"The only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve." --- Albert Schweitzer

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Kelsey
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Username: soggynacho

Post Number: 607
Registered: 01-2003


Posted on Friday, April 07, 2006 - 10:54 am:       

Cool, Fontinalis antipyretica is the closest I could find as well. I'm hoping it will live- its still green on day 3 so... fingers crossed.
There is tons of water crest in this stream to, and invasive parrotfeather, and some other plant I couldn't reach without getting wet so it stayed- for now. it looks beautiful its been green all winter and now it has turned red it stays under the waters surface unlike the water crest and PF.
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