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Spiky bog-moss 

SPHAGNUM SQUARROSUM

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Spiky bog-moss 

SPHAGNUM SQUARROSUM

mosses

Spiky bog-moss is a large, light green moss with spiky arm-leaves. It has a sharp visible pointed tip of the loop and long-pointed pale green branches. Spiky bog-moss belongs to the large moss family Spaghnum.

Spiky bog-moss grows in dense peat forests and on grassy bogs and at times flooded areas such as waterfronts. The species is fairly demanding in terms of nutrient content in flood-prone areas. Prevalence area covers up to the northern hemisphere, from temperate zone to the tundra.

Spiky bog-moss, as it is called, has a "spiky" appearance and forms sparse-leaved growths. In the old days, drinking water could be squeezed out of Sphagnum mosses because of their acidity, which prevents bacteria from surviving in the water.

Spiky bog-moss 

SPHAGNUM SQUARROSUM

wooddeadwoodstage of developmentkey biotopes
aspen
aspen
1-5y
grove
birch
birch
6-20y
ridge
pine
pine
21-50y
rock
spruce
spruce
51-100y
spring
other
other
stream
swamp
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