Live Moss

Touching Star Moss (Aulacomnium Heterostichum) Live Moss for Terrarium building projects DIY Rare Moss (Handful)



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    You will receive a handful of healthy clumps in a sealed bag.

    Aulacomnium Heterostichum (differential branched crease capsule moss) or Touching Star Moss, has bright green oblong leaves that are very thin and creased when dry, they look like little buds and can add some very interesting texture to your terrarium. Between the leaves the rhyzoids are very prominent and show through, giving it a red/brown appearance.

    Touching Star Moss can be found in open humus-rich woodland, on semi-shaded stream banks, on moist soil, and on the foot of trees. Touching Star Moss grows in calcareous zones near maple, oak, and coniferous trees.

    Mosses are a non-vascular plant, which means they don’t have any internal veins transporting water and nutrients from the root system. Instead of roots, moss soaks up water through their tiny leaves from the moisture in the air, from rain, morning dew, and the wet ground. Moss has tiny hair-like strands called rhyzoids which look like roots, but instead of sucking up water, they’re used for clinging to surfaces, substrates, and even each other!
    Since moss loves moisture, it makes them ideal candidates for terrariums and other humid setups like paludariums, vivariums, and ripariums, although survival is never guaranteed.
    Moss loves the humidity of a terrarium but does not like extreme heat. It’s best kept in a cool shady spot near a north-facing window, but can be adapted to all kinds of situations.

    Aulacomnium Heterostichum grows in clumps and loose mats. Stems are 2.0-4.0 cm (0.8-1.6 in.) high and can be unbranched or densely forked, with conspicuous reddish-brown rhizoids, particularly near the base. Leaves are tissue-paper thin and do not change considerably when dry, except for appearing slightly crumpled. The leaves typically angle outward 45 degrees from either side of the stem, giving shoots a flattened appearance (McKnight et al. 2013). The leaf shape is oblong-ovate, 2.0-3.5 mm (0.8-1.4 in.) long, with leaves at the stem apex longer and more tongue-shaped. Costa (midrib) is prominent and occasionally flexuose (twisted or wavy), ending just below the leaf tip. Margins are coarsely serrated in the upper half and often narrowly revolute below. Capsules are slender, 3.0-5.0 mm (0.12-0.20 in.) long, on setae that are 8.0-17.0 mm (0.31-0.67 in.) long.

    Green Mountain Moss is a newly established moss farm and terrarium supply store in Southwestern Vermont.
    At GMM we cultivate and care for many species of amazing and diverse local mosses.
    Each moss order is personally handpicked, cleaned, and packed, guaranteed to be delivered as fresh as the day it was harvested.

    Moss can withstand freezing temperatures and ships extremely well. Unfortunately, we’re unable to ship live moss internationally at this time.
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