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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

pictures with scale needed

Subject: Re: BRYONET: World's most extreme bryophyte (in terms of size)
Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2008 13:46:38 -0800
From: Fred M. Rhoades <>


All these comments about the tallest bryophyte are very interesting to
this non-bryologist lichenologist/mycologist. I wish there were good
illustrations of these species. All the photographs that come up for
/Dawsonia /on a Google Image search are beautiful, but could be almost
any Polytrichaceous moss since there are no scales included. What I
would like to see is a photograph with a human (or readily recognized
breed of dog, etc.) in the picture for scale. A photograph that
includes both gametophytes and sporophytes /in situ/ would be
wonderful. Such a photograph would be very useful in lectures to
introductory biology students. I have a hard time getting students very
interested in the bryophytes (they go by pretty fast in our coverage)
and a memorable image would be helpful. The Scandinavian mummy in the
peat bog is what I use now.

Any possibilities?

Fred Rhoades
Western Washington University
Bellingham, WA

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