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Old 01-10-2017, 03:35 AM
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Can anyone tell me what type of moss this is?


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Old 01-11-2017, 12:15 AM
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Anyone have any ideas?


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Old 01-11-2017, 03:58 PM
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To me it kind of looks like Selaginella tenuifolia otherwise known as "spike moss" but it is neither a moss or a fern. Someone with more knowledge could probably positively identify it for you.
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Old 01-11-2017, 04:44 PM
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Where did you get this - locality would help with getting an id.

FWIW, I don't think this is a spikemoss as Hercrabit conjectured - it looks like a "true" moss. It also looks like it might be a tree-trunk grower (or otherwise adapted to drying out between wet cycles).
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Old 01-12-2017, 03:26 AM
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It's from the east coast South Carolina it grows on wood and trees that's were I got it and tolerates dryness very well


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My best guess would be Brachythecium sp. (possibly laetum or acuminatum). It's hard to tell though, since the physiology can change a bit in a vivarium. A look under a microscope can always help!
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If this is an epiphytic species adapted to wet/dry cycles you may have a hard time keeping it in your viv long-term.

Plants adapted to wet/dry cycles often depend on this environment to help them regulate their growth and defend against pathogens (drying out completely is a great way to kill any fungi that might by trying to grow in your tissue). When they are always hydrated their growth can become unregulated and they can develop problems with mildew and mold.

Unless you are going to be giving the moss a true mimic of its natural habitat - days/weeks of true dryness followed by hours/days of hydration - the moss will either begin to grow very differently (spindlier, less dense) or succumb to fungi or mildew.

That said, a moss like this is a fighter and will not die quickly - but if you are keeping it in an ever-warm, ever-moist setup it won't keep the compact form it has now if you can get it to grow at all.
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