And then further along I found another patch on a higher still branch.
This was as shady as the previous one but was higher up in the tree. It was also producing many more sporophytes.
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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