peat moss

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sphag·num moss

a highly absorbent moss used as a substitute for absorbent cotton or gauze in surgical dressing and sanitary napkins.
Synonym(s): muskeag moss, peat moss

peat moss

1. Any moss of the large genus Sphagnum whose decomposed and compacted remains form peat. The moss is absorptive and acidic and inhibits growth of bacteria and fungi. Synonym: sphagnum moss
2. The decomposed and compacted remains of the mosses, used as a soil conditioner and as a dressing for wounds. It has also been used by some primitive people as a form of external menstrual protection. Synonym: sphagnum moss
See also: moss
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In fact, the Tamarack Bog moss of experiment 1 ended up losing, on average across all water sources, 20% of its mass.
It supports a variety of bog mosses including heather, cotton grass and cranberry and is used in winter by visiting greylag geese.
Climate change also brought higher rainfall creating near-perfect conditions for the bog mosses. This long process allowed the formation of today's Cors Caron, offering a natural habitat for a wide range of birds and plants.
It is hoped bog mosses and other characteristic plants such as cranberry, bog asphodel, white beak-sedge and cross leaved heath as well as rare lichens will increase on the reserve.
"It's great news that thanks to this project the process of recovery is already happening on the Border Mires with bog mosses starting to grow over the remains of recent areas of forestry."