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Common Haircap (Polytrichum commune)

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Common Haircap (Polytrichum commune), a photo by Peter Orchard on Flickr. Is moss just a green carpet on the woodland floor as far as you are concerned? Take a closer look, this species is especially worth your time and attention and is quite easy to identify. Known as the Common Haircap it forms large communities (or communes) of tiny, dense, fir-tree like plants and it the density of those individual plants that make it distinctive.

Find out more about the common haircap moss here:
www.natureofdorset.co.uk/species/moss-p-commune

Hazel (Corylus avellana)

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Hazel (Corylus avellana), a photo by Peter Orchard on Flickr. Spring is getting nearer and so we are now seeing the the familiar Hazel catkin or Lamb's Tail opening up having been present but tightly closed for most of the winter.

The Hazel is not the only tree to produce catkins, others do too, most noticeably the Alder and other members of the birch family like the Silver Birch.

The catkin is the male flower of the Hazel, its role is to produce pollen which is wind dispersed. The catkin does not produce the well known Hazel nut however, that develops from the totally separate female flower.

Find out more about more about the hazel in Dorset here:
www.natureofdorset.co.uk/species/hazel