Fringe Moss Covering Lava in Southern Iceland

April 10, 2024

P1011192 Epod

Photographer: Egidio Vergani
Summary Author: Egidio Vergani

The photo above shows a fairy like sunset I observed in southern Iceland one day this past autumn. Here, fringe moss (Racomitrium lanuginosum) and lichen are covering lumpy lava from the Skaftareldahraun lava flow. Found in Arctic and montane regions of the Northern Hemisphere, it grows as large mats upon exposed rock, including hardened lava. Because its leaves have a bristle-like appearance, it's called wooly moss or fringe moss. Photo taken on November 12, 2023.

Skaftareldahraun, Iceland Coordinates: 63.704878, -18.262733

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Wooly Fringe Moss over Iceland's Lava
Biology of Mosses