Shizuoka collecting trip part#1

I hope all of you had a great Christmas and a happy new year! I’m finally back after my holidays and work life has settled down a bit ☺

My next two posts will be about a short collecting trip with a few friends that I took to a prefecture by the name of Shizuoka, it’s a prefecture that is relatively near Mt. Fuji. There was a great abundance of moss as well as a number of small ferns that I managed to collect as well as get some nice pictures of, and those are what I will share with you today. I don’t know all of the names of the pictures that will be listed below, but I figure I share them with you anyway.

Our first stop was a small spot on the side of a mountain road, you needed to only to park next on the side of the road and walk through and entrance to a small cave-like area. Here I found 2 types of Fissidens species, they were simply attached to a wall that had water running down it.

fissiden wall

Here, like in many locations we found a species of native forest freshwater crab by the name of Geothelphusa dehaani, or as it’s known in Japan “Sawagani”. We found the blue and brown morph of it, there is also a red morph variety that’s found elsewhere. I took the blue beauty home with me, and it’s currently doing very well in a terrarium.

Blue Morph
Brown Morph

Many of the spots that we hit were right on the side of the road. While driving we’d look for streams, or a place where there was running water. Some of the spots we stopped at were at the end of old narrow and beaten roads that led into the mountains. Simply said, all of the spots where we found the following plants were easily accessible.


Thuidium species

Fissidens nobilis

The follwing is one of my favorite finds, it’s somewhat difficult to find in the wild. The best way I can describe it is, is that it has clear and translucent leaves like a Bolbitis, the crown is similar to a Syngonanthus, and the root structure is rhizome-like. Previous to this trip I have collected it a number of times, but find it very difficult to make it adapt to being fully immersed. Although I took some this trip also and tried to grow it in a terrarium environment, and it is doing quite well. I will probably do a post on it at a later time.
Rhodobryum giganteum

I wish I knew the scientific name of the following moss. I had never seen anything like it before. It had very damp, soft leaves, and they were very “rubbery” to the touch.

I hope you enjoyed this first installment of a two part series on my recent collecting trip to Shizuoka prefecture!
Be sure to check back for the 2nd installment!
Have a good one guys!