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Hypnum Moss - Hypnum cupressiforme.
This beautiful moss is also known as cypress-leaved plant moss. It's common around the world, especially in forests and shaded woodlands. It's one of the other twelve thousand species of spore-bearing land plants. Hypnum Moss is sometimes called "Feather Moss" due to its leaf shape.
Hypnum Moss forms carpet-like sheets on dark forest floors and rocks. It's size ranges between small and medium. Its stems are short and medium reddish-brown. The leaves that grow from it are spiraled and skinny. They resemble the leaves of a Cypress tree. The leaves can grow to about two millimeters in length. This moss is colored a gorgeously vibrant green and darker green. The spores of the plant grow in pods attached to stalks from the moss.
Hypnum Moss is involved as both female, and male plants grow from it.
Other classifications for Hypnum moss are upright, carpet, cushion, and clumping moss. The plant has a unique growth pattern that is extremely flat. It also hosts a non-vascular system. This moss has a high transplant success rate and can handle a little sunlight, but not directly or very often. Many people choose to plant it because of its soft and cushiony texture. Using with low-lying plants as an extra accent is fantastic. It's the most popular choice for many gardeners. This soft and spongy plant looks impressive between stepping stones or on a path. Some people even use it for their entire lawn.
Hypnum Moss is the most common moss. About twenty-five percent of the species grow in North America. The other seventy-five percent grows everywhere except for Antarctica. There are even a few aquatic species of Hypnum Moss. It's tolerant of pollution and thrives in acidic environments.
It used to be given as a treatment for Insomnia. The Greek word Hypnosis where we get the name Hypnum. Interestingly, Hypnos translates to sleep in English. Ironically, Hypnum Moss was initially used to fill pillows and mattresses.