Moss Sporophytes

Many moons ago I went to University and one of my favourite areas of study was bryophytes (mosses, liverworts and hornworts). I did tend to like the more weird and wonderful plants and animals, and things that were neither plant nor animal (like the slightly revolting but fascinating slime molds). Anyway, back to bryophytes … we went out for a walk today with the cameras, as the rain finally stopped for a while, and I noticed lots of mosses all along the wall round the village church, and they all had sporophytes (the stalky bits), so I guess this is the time of year for moss reproduction. To cut a long and rambling story short, here are some shots of moss sporophytes:

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