About seven years ago I start using moss on my terrariums, arrangements, and much other artwork of mine, alive ones as well as preserved. Felt in love right way by all the beautiful things I could make using them besides a very special ancient plant as they are. Suddenly, noticed this new trend, people looking for arts, arrangements, and many other things that could be made using this amazing plant. The more that I research about it, the more fascinated, and interesting get this group of nonvascular plants classified as Bryophytes.
I started to study them according to how my botany classes have evolved. Felt the need to get into it deeper and deeper in my relationship with them, so my next steps were going to a moss field to get to know them in their wild habitat. I contacted some of my moss suppliers and asked them if would be “Ok” with them is actually to go visit their certified farms and choose the ones that I want, learn from them (the growers) about it. That’s how this whole “Moss trip Hunting”, how I called this North American, to Pennsylvania to be the more specific, trip of mine which I decided to share with everyone. As a nature Lover, I have become obsessed with hiking and going to places that can provide me these encounters or connections with nature and plant species that I have been working with.
As a decorative plant’s designer, moss is great in many ways in my artworks. In terrariums, live mosses give a perfect landscaping design, bringing textures, natural look, plus keeping the soil moist for those other living organisms, from a tropical and sub-tropical climate, inside those terrariums making the ecosystem magic happen. The preserved moss, which are the ones I used at most, give me more opportunities to use it in a larger number of my creations with decorative plants without needing maintenance.
Now let’s get to know a little bit more about those amazing group of Plantae, Bryophytes.
any of at least 12,000 species of small nonvascular spore-bearing land plants. Mosses are distributed throughout the world except in saltwater and are commonly found in moist shady locations. Ecologically, mosses break down exposed substrata, releasing nutrients for the use of more complex plants that succeed them. They also aid in soil erosion control by providing surface cover and absorbing water, and they are important in the nutrient and water economy of some vegetation types, plus keeping the soil moist.
Mosses existed as early as the Permian Period (298.9 million to 252.2 million years ago), and more than 100 species have been identified from fossils of the Paleogene and Neogene periods (66 million to 2.6 million years ago).
Many small plants bearing the name moss are in fact not mosses. The “moss” found on the north side of trees is often the green alga Pleurococcus. Irish moss (Chondrus crispus) is a red alga. Beard moss (Usnea species), Iceland moss (Cetraria islandica), oak moss (Evernia prunastri), and reindeer moss (Cladonia species) are lichens. Spanish moss (Tillandsia usneoides) is an air plant of the pineapple family (Bromeliaceae). Club mosses are fern allies in the family Lycopodiaceae.
Bryophytes are distributed throughout the world, from polar and alpine regions to the tropics. Water must, at some point, be present in the habitat in order for the sperm to swim to the egg (see below Natural history). Bryophytes do not live in extremely arid sites or in seawater, although some are found in perennially damp environments within arid regions and a few are found on seashores above the intertidal zone. A few bryophytes are aquatic. Bryophytes are most abundant in climates that are constantly humid and equable. The greatest diversity is at tropical and subtropical latitudes. Bryophytes (especially the moss Sphagnum) dominate the vegetation of peatland in extensive areas of the cooler parts of the Northern Hemisphere.
Unfortunately, there are not that many professionals like biologists, scientists, and botanists studying this group of Plantae. There are a lot more to know about them, plus biologist said “it may have a lot more bryophytes species to be found” the lack of professional’s researchers out there making more difficult to find the other species which maybe be out there in our planet.
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