During our visit to Milkwellburn Wood earlier this month we came upon the following selection of byrophytes, identified by Gaynor Mitchell and photographed by Bill Mitchell. Bryophytes are the oldest land plants on earth, and have been around for 400 million years or more. Although small, they can be very conspicuous growing as extensive mats in woodland, as cushions on walls, rocks and tree trunks, and as pioneer colonists of disturbed habitats. Click here to learn more about these fascinating, highly adaptive plants.
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