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


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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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.
If sphagnum moss is not available to you, consider using a fine grade of vermiculite - thinly, as some seeds need light to key germination.
The work covers plant care with the sphagnum moss method, pots and containers, tools, planting techniques, pruning and finishing details.
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 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.
It is hoped the project will sustain a host of specially-adapted plants that thrive on the waterlogged ground including sphagnum moss, insect-eating sundews and bog rosemary.
Sarstoon Temash includes 16 kilometers of Caribbean coastline and encompasses 14 ecosystems, including undisturbed mangrove forest, Belize's only comfra palm forest, and the only known lowland sphagnum moss bog in Central America.
A pond provides drinking water for the animals and has rare sphagnum moss and marsh cinquefoil, too.