sphagnum 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
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Any low-growing green plant of the class Musci.

Iceland moss

An edible lichen, Cetraria islandica. It is a demulcent that has been promoted as a treatment for bladder, kidney and lung diseases.

Irish moss

1. Carrageen.
2. Carrageenan.

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

sphagnum moss

Peat moss.
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In essence, the aim has been to establish 'nurse crops' of grasses and shrubs to stabilise bare peat, allowing more rainfall to infiltrate, raising the water table and creating the right conditions for sphagnum moss. This has required action on several fronts and over large areas of severely damaged and remote moorland.
Get a top cutting from a healthy mature plant about three inches long and wrap the lower portion with sterilized sphagnum moss. Propagation should be done during the growing period from April to June.
Sphagnum moss has been used as a dressing for wounds for more than 1000 years, including at the Battle of Flodden in 1513, because it is extremely absorbent.
meridionalis nymphs were placed in a clear plastic terrarium (27 cm length x 17 cm width x 17 cm depth) filled with a correspondingly sized divot of moss and plants from the Headquarters Lake wetland including Sphagnum moss, a Picea mariana (Mill.) Britton, Sterns & Poggenb (Pinaceae) seedling, Empetrum nigrum L.
If sphagnum moss is not available to you, consider using a fine grade of vermiculite - thinly, as some seeds need light to key germination.
For added protection, cover your seeds with milled sphagnum moss. Researchers with the University of California have found that this sphagnum moss contains bacteria that compete with the harmful fungus and also secrete an antibiotic compound to prevent growth of the fungus.
The sphagnum moss and bonsai method; an illustrated handbook.
Add sphagnum moss or even cushion stuffing as filler and then add grass, oat or lawn seed.
When I got my mini neos delivered, I took them out of the peat soil the next day and adapted them in sphagnum moss which they have flowered and produced lots of pups.
Sphagnum peat is primarily decomposed sphagnum moss. Sphagnum moss typically grows in an aquatic bog environment.
These areas typically contain sphagnum moss, including the unique floating mat bogs that we find in our pristine Adirondack lakes and ponds.
The plants that Gotelli studies spend their lives, some longer than 50 years, rooted in mats of sphagnum moss that float on wetlands like soggy, giant sponges.