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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

peat, peat moss

used as bedding for housed cattle and horses and is very absorbent of water.

peat scours
chronic diarrhea in ruminants grazing pasture on peat-derived soils low in copper and/or high in molybdenum. See also copper nutritional deficiency, molybdenum.
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The first point to consider in distinguishing alliances within this order is the two most widely verified models of peatlands that have been recognised by all authors studying peatland ecosystems in the Southern Cone and which they have sought to reflect in their classifications: Sphagnum bogs and cushion bogs.
The layering made in July had the lowest percentages of rooting for both substrates, with 83 and 25% for the sphagnum and coconut fiber, respectively.
Get a top cutting from a healthy mature plant about three inches long and wrap the lower portion with sterilized sphagnum moss.
Plans are already in place to introduce more sphagnum on the moors and to maintain the works.
Another advantage of sphagnum moss is that it has antiseptic properties due to being extremely acidic, meaning it prohibits the growth of bacteria.
The first mire species taken under monitoring in 1996 was Sphagnum lindbergii.
These losses included Sphagnum bogs and tamarack swamps.
For estimating the impact of boiling on the samples, 19 fresh surface samples were taken from different Sphagnum ecotopes from Opetajasoo, Selisoo and Kalina bogs (NE Estonia).
The presence of sphagnum peat moss and soil in coal ash based plant growth media expressed ameliorative role reducing the presence of trace elements in the leachate.
In the coastal zone of Parana State (southern Brazil), particularly inside Guaratuba Bay, there is spontaneous growth of Sphagnum species, especially in places of sandy wet to soaked soils without arboreal covering (locally called 'brejos de restinga').
They include sphagnum peat, wood chips, including redwood and cedar, hardwood bark, grass clippings, straw, compost, manure, biosolids, sawdust and wood ash.