Amerorchis! (warning… get your bio-geek on… but there are some nice pics)
Do you see all that black stuff? Moose droppings, appropriately aged, and in a habitat of appropriate pH (and climate etc), and voila, you get Splachnum. Ampullaceum is for ampoule-shaped, see,
More pictures here. It’s also called small capsule dung moss (gotta love it, no?). I’m not finding any distribution maps, but it’s a northern thing, think boggy places and big peatlands and moose (though the good moss book says cow dung).
I’ve been toying with the idea of a hat that has color stranded work with the ampule and umbrella shaped capsules of these two dung mosses. Who else would have such a thing?
A is also for accountability. In this case to Lucia (go send her your warm thoughts, she lost her cat Ed recently). Lucia called me on the word schmoo. Here I am thinking it means something like to spread around in a haphazard fashion without much care (redundant, I know….). Closest I can come is shmoo, something Andy Capp invented! Which led to this definition, found here.
The narrow end of the pear-shaped cell (shmoo) formed in response to mating pheromone by cells of Saccharomyces and other similar fungi; site of polarized growth. Shmoos are named after the Al Capp cartoon character, whose shape they resemble
Knitting has been happening, I got to here on dh’s birthday sweater,
and then ripped back to the ribbing. I didn’t like that I started the first row with the gray flecks. A is also for anal? I’m back to this point… but don’t work on it regularly, do you think I’ll be done by Jan 20????
The moose connection… I had been thinking about the dung mosses (they are ephemeral, meaning they are not long-lived) and their habitat and ideas about primary and secondry succession, and about ideas about orchid germination requirements (specific fungi mostly, but much of this is unknown for many orchids), and the thoughts that fungi must undergo successional processes… and I started to wonder if there was a moose dung-fungi-amerorchis connection. I asked dh is there anything that you can correlate to Isotria (a less attractive but much rarer in Maine orchid), and he said ‘old stone walls’. Which of course got me thinking about how Maine used to be not so forested, lots of pasture, lots of stone walls, lots of sheep, therefore lots of sheep dung… so maybe a sheep dung-fungi-Isotria connection. I think this is definitely a great research project…only problem is that the time frame for the experiment would be about 250 years!