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A Velvety Soft Moss Trivia

Priya Johnson Nov 21, 2020
We've all seen moss growing on the walls in our neighborhood or moist stones, etc. However, is our understanding of mosses limited to their soft, velvety texture. Come let's find out...
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Mosses belong to the division Bryophyta and do not have flowers, fruits, or seeds. They have stem and leaves but don't have true roots.
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Rhizoids are hair-like structures that hold mosses in place.
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Mosses have the ability to regulate the temperature of the soil. In hot regions, they cool the soil, while in cold regions they prevent heat from escaping. Wow!
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Most animals don't eat mosses mainly because its difficult for them to digest. Reindeers eat it because it keeps their blood warm in the cold places of their dwelling!
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Mosses are bryophytes and post fertilization they produce spores. These spores are encased in small capsules with stalks called sporophytes.
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There are over 12,000 species of moss around the globe. Hymenodontopsis bifaria is the smallest moss species.
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Mosses depend on the atmosphere for a lot of their nutrients. In a polluted environment, they change their shape, appearance and may even disappear.
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Mosses are highly valued in the Japanese culture. Moss rings are sold where moss is placed in the place of precious stones.
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Mosses were used as a substitute for bandages. They contain chemical compounds with antiseptic properties which helped heal wounds and even slow down bleeding.
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Mosses are not parasitic. They pose no harm to the plants around them. Peat moss is actually planted by gardeners to support dying plants.
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Mosses are popularly used on Christmas decorations right from manger, little trees, wreaths, etc. in Mexico. However, now it's been followed in many more regions.
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