any soft moss of the genus
occurring chiefly in bogs, used for potting and packing plants, for dressing wounds, etc.
, Also called:
any moss of the genus
of temperate bogs, having leaves capable of holding much water: layers of these mosses decay to form peat
[C18: from New Latin, from Greek
a variety of moss]
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Sphagnum mosses often cover the top layer of bogs, and cranberries can be found growing in bogs.
Sphagnum planted directly on this substrate would dry completely and perish during the driest part of the year.
Sphagnum creates bogs by holding water and creating acidic conditions.
The nymphs are aquatic, living in soupy sphagnum pools and among aquatic vegetation.
Toward the interior are leather-leaf, small cranberry, and few-seeded sedge on a dense sphagnum mat.
Bog turtles frequently use sphagnum for nesting and basking areas.
Pitcher plants grow with sphagnum mosses in tea colored seeps of the cedar swamp.