The moss Campylopus introflexus, native to the southern hemisphere, is now considered an invasive plant in parts of Europe and North America. While it occurs on some natural sites within Edinburgh, notably on Arthur’s Seat, it is also no stranger to man-made habitats. At the Botanics, the species forms large tactile ball-like clumps between the glass panes of the Research House roof. However, as it can damage the roof, it is one of our less welcome bryological volunteers.
Links to reports on Moss diversity in an artificial landscape, an EU Synthesys Access project with Dr Wolfgang Hofbauer at RBGE:
- Building on building mosses, a return to Schistidium in the built environment http://stories.rbge.org.uk/archives/24310
- Volunteering at the Botanics – bryophytes in our living landscape http://stories.rbge.org.uk/archives/24333
- Campylopus introflexus, an invasive alien on the glasshouse roof http://stor/ies.rbge.org.ukarchives/24359
- The trials and tribulations of a moss in the lab: DNA extraction http://stories.rbge.org.uk/archives/24399