On Sunday 14 April the Association de Botanique et Mycologie de Sainte Maure de Touraine had an outing to study the mosses and liverworts (together known as bryophytes) of Sainte Maure. They are quite an esoteric field, and I know next to nothing about them. However, I went on last year's moss outing and enjoyed it, and it is always a good opportunity to practice my French. Plus the day was forecast to be absolutely beautiful, and it lived up to the predictions.
Our first moss of the day, found at the lavoir. It is called Wall Screw Moss Tortula muralis and has smooth hairs with white tips. It grows on mortar, concrete, limestone or base rich walls.