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Sphagnum

(Sphagnum fuscum)

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Description

Sphagnum-fuscum-is brown to greenish brown in color with slender brown stems. It is individually less robust than other-peat mosses, especially when clumped into compact hummocks. The moss will form thread-like branches interwoven within hummocks. The leaves along the stem are tongue-shaped, while the leaves along the branches are pointed and lance-shaped. During the-sporophyte-stage, the moss will have a short stalk of around 1-2mm, with a brown-capsule-of about 1-1.5mm.-Sphagnum fuscum-prefers older, drier bogs to inhabit and will formulate hummocks in such conditions. In bogs dominated by black spruce,-S. fuscum-will form extensive ground cover. On average,-S. fuscum-inhabits more acidic soils with-pH-ranging from 3.6-7.5, and is also able to colonize at high elevations. The moss is-circumpolar

Taxonomic tree:

Domain:
Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Bryophyta
Class: Sphagnopsida
Order:Sphagnales
Family:Sphagnaceae
Genus:Sphagnum
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