I've seen this in Scotland between Balmaha and Inversnaid:

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A higher resolution is here: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Balmaha-Inversnaid-9.jpg

What is the name of this green plant with very thin leaves? (I guess it was most of the time about 60cm high, but I don't quite remember)

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    $\begingroup$ Some kind of Equisetum? en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equisetum With this picture it is pretty hard to figure it out more detailed. $\endgroup$
    – skymningen
    May 23, 2016 at 11:30
  • $\begingroup$ Could be too-many things. Higher resolution of whole landscape is usually NOT helpful. What needed, is more close-up. So that it could be observed in a technical way. As well, I could not find any possible-reproductive-structure. You could go through this page Are there any guideline about species-identification questions?. I think it may help where to look for before photograph it. $\endgroup$ Oct 19, 2016 at 14:12
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    $\begingroup$ @AlwaysConfused Thank you for the link. For future questions, I will try to follow these guidelines. However, I have no idea how reproductive structures look like for plants. $\endgroup$ Oct 19, 2016 at 14:21
  • $\begingroup$ To me it looks like many other things such as 1. some tropical angiosperms like Alternanthera philoxeroides (syn. Telanthera philoxeroides ), amaranthaceae; Leucas aspera,Lamiaceae; [Hygrophila spinosa] syn asteracanthus longifolia (acanthaceae), etc. I think this is a very common growth found in broad groups from bryophyte to grasses and dicots. $\endgroup$ Oct 19, 2016 at 14:45
  • $\begingroup$ Reproductive structures mean inflorescence, flowers , fruits seeds in angiosperm, cones and seeds in gymnosperms, sorus and cones in pteridophytes, capsules in bryophytes, and in case of algae they are oogonium and antheridium. Are they very difficult to recognize? flowers and fruits couldbe very tiny in shape. Btw not much discussion is possible here. You could go through plant morphology chapters in school textbooks(here these topics taught commonly class-5(10yr kids)to 8 (13yrs youths) in life science and nature studies). Though these books may contain some technical mistakes but will help $\endgroup$ Oct 19, 2016 at 14:59

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This is a moss of the genus polytrichum, most likely it is P. commune or P. formosum enter image description here


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