Bryophilous fungi growing on Leucobryum glaucum – Large White-moss
Bryophilous fungi growing on Leucobryum glaucum Large White-moss with growing at base of tree in acid woodland in May 2023.
Leucobryum glaucum, with its characteristic tufted growth pattern and distinctive silvery-white appearance, serves as an ideal substrate for the growth of bryophilous fungi. This species of moss is commonly found at the base of trees in acidic woodlands, where it forms dense patches on the forest floor. The acidic conditions and the shade provided by the trees create a suitable microenvironment for both the moss and the fungi.
The bryophilous fungi have evolved specific adaptations that allow them to live in close proximity to mosses. They exhibit a range of strategies to exploit the resources provided by the moss. Some species establish a symbiotic relationship with the moss, forming mutualistic associations where both the fungus and the moss benefit. The fungi obtain nutrients and water from the moss, while the moss benefits from improved nutrient availability and protection against pathogens.