The tree moss is a fairly large moss whose unbranched stalk and branching shoots give it the appearance of a small tree. The stalks growing from the ground are leafless.
Tree moss thrives in wet groves, peat forests, meadows and waterfronts. It can be found in the temperate and cool areas of the Northern Hemisphere and in New Zealand.
The impressive tree moss is easy to recognise thanks to its distinct appearance. As it grows from its upper end, it dies from the bottom to form a new stalk. The plants are often one and the same clone, and thus, as with many other mosses, can be used in crime scene investigation.
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