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North and South Carolina low country, 2007

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It is rare to see Sphagnum producing structures for sexual reproduction. I was excited to see these--I had only seen sporophytes on Sphagnum once before, in a Costa Rican cloud forest! Those little brown things are called capsules, urns, or sporangia. The top of each sporangium is open, because the operculum has already been shed to release the spores. Sometimes the sporophytes are placed on little stalks called pseudopodia. Very cool stuff. Here is a wider angle view of the phenomenon.

As we walked about, Mark and I chit-chatted about many things, including the progress of the North American Sarracenia Conservancy (NASC), much as I had with Mike Howlett on a previous trip through Texas.

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