Bob will be back in May for an encore program!
Mosses are true plants that lack the roots and internal plumbing that ferns and seed plants have. With over 400 species in Ohio, they are found in every terrestrial ecosystem, but because of their small size are largely unknown to most nature lovers. We will focus on details of the plant life cycle to see how differences in the growth forms of the cushion-forming or mat-forming leafy stage and the even smaller matchstick-shaped spore producing stage can be used to name the mosses at Terradise. The program will start indoors with a dozen selected sample species using hand lenses and microscopes to learn a few of the technical features of moss identification. Following that, we will explore the woodland to see what species can be found on tree bark, logs, rocks and on the ground.
About the Instructor
Bob Klips is an Associate Professor Emeritus at the Ohio State University who taught biology at the Marion Campus for 21 years. He is a botanist specializing in cataloging the vegetation of Ohio, with an emphasis on mosses and lichens.