So I skipped to the next tree over and found some more of the first moss but higher off the ground, on a branch maybe about 2ft or so up. Much shadier too.
This was the same moss as the first but there were a few sporophytes in places.
My hypothesis is that being higher up the tree gives you greater access to more water than lower down on the trunk.
Moss needs water to reproduce sexually so the more water the better.
Also being on a horizontal branch may be preferable for water retention due to gravity pulling the water down a vertical incline on a trunk.
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