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So, let me get this straight... (moss question)

Posted by Squiver 5 (My Page) on
Sat, Jun 15, 13 at 23:48

So, feather moss... Is there but a single species of it, or are there many different species attributed to that name? Many different genuses?

I know the term merely describes the fern-like shape of the "fronds", but how many different species share that shape?

And, perhaps, specifically, what sort of moss do I have here, then? (I was an idiot and didn't think to take a picture of it before I put it in the pendant).

I found it growing in what I'm fairly sure is a mixed coniferous/deciduous forest, growing on soil.

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RE: So, let me get this straight... (moss question)

Thuidium is referred to as a' feather moss' and yours looks similar to the moss pictured here that grows prolifically in Tennessee.

RE: So, let me get this straight... (moss question)

Some names used to describe that branching pattern are frondose or pinnate. Thuidium delicatulum is a common large one but there are others like Ptilium crista-castrensis, Hylocomium splendens, Hypnum imponens, etc.

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