Hello to all of you again!
I hope life’s been treating you all well also 🙂
Here is my 2nd installment of a small 2 part series on my recent collecting trip out in the field of Shizuoka, Japan. This post will pretty much follow the format of the previous post where I will simply be sharing with you a few of the more interesting flora that I came across while in the field, again I don’t actually know many of the names of these plants, so forgive me for that, but I hope you folks still enjoy the pictures!
As I stated previously in my last post, many of the spots we stopped at, were right on the side of the road, “easy” collecting I must say!
The below picture was of a moss that I considered one of the most interesting that day. The best way I could describe it, is that it was a tight packed mat of small stems. Each stem including the leaves were about the size of your pinkie finger, actually a larger moss.
This type of moss I found very, very little of. It was a very wet, small and soft to-the-touch species. The largest fronds were about the size of your thumb nail.
This one was another larger species, with each stem being about the size of your middle finger. Also best described as a tight packed mat of stems. This species was very dry, not near any running water, very “feathery” to-the-touch, with very fine, needle-like leaves on each stem.
Going into this trip, I was after one specific plant, and it was this fern. I like it for two reasons, it takes to water somewhat easily, and is easy to grow. The leaves are translucent-green, like Bolbitis, the largest fronds (emersed) grow to about 5-6 inches from tip to base of the leaf. If this fern is immersed, the fronds only get to about 3 inches long. The look of the leaf doesn’t change when grown under water, it just shrinks quite a bit. It is also a very slow grower, maybe 1 leaf or 2 (if you are lucky) per month. That growth rate goes for whether it is grown in or out of water.
This smaller fern pictured below, I have seen a number of times on previous trips into the field in Japan. It is not very common, but it is abundant in spots where it is found. As you can see it makes a really nice drapery of leaves, with each leaf only being about 2 inches long. This small fern doesn’t do very well under water, but I have been growing it in a terrarium for months now, and it is doing great!
I hope you all enjoyed this 2nd part of my Shizuoka collecting trip!