|Structures growing from the stem of Amblystegium serpens|
|Fibrous structure growing from the stem beneath a leaf of Amblystegium serpens|
- Paraphyses - thin sterile hairs, sometimes club-shaped, usually multicellular. A possibility.
- Protonema - the young stage of a moss that develops when a spore germinates; generally appears as a system of green threads. Clearly not the case here.
- Gemma - a unit of vegetative propagation, may be single-celled, two-celled or multicellular. Another possibility.
|Various structures seen attached to Amblystegium serpens|
|A fungal spore found with a sample of Amblystegium serpens|
As ever, comments, suggestions and corrections welcome - I am, as is so often the case, writing outside my comfort zone here; how else to learn though?
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