Alpine Clubmoss and the Museum’s fossil tree

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Heathland on Hrisey
Heathland on Hrisey

I spotted a yellowish line snaking through the heathland on the island of Hrisey in Eyafjordur and stopped to investigate. It turned out to be a large patch of of Alpine Clubmoss (Diphasiastrum alpinum).

Alpine clubmoss
Alpine clubmoss with a dusting of spores

When we looked closer these plants were releasing their spores and so with sun shining it seemed to be an ideal moment for David to talk about the giant tree fossil in the geology gallery!

fossil tree roots

Palaeo Manchester

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