A moss-covered log, to me, is symbolic of the forests of this amazing earth. It means survival and continuity, with life developing on the surface of long-dead trees now being converted to soil once again.
Mosses are small flowerless plants that typically grow in dense green clumps or mats, often in damp or shady locations. Mosses are commonly confused with lichens, hornworts, and liverworts. Lichens may superficially look like mosses, and have common names that include the word "moss" (e.g., "reindeer moss" or "Iceland moss"), but are not related to mosses. Mosses are now classified on their own as the division Bryophyta. There are approximately 12,000 species. The main commercial significance of mosses is as the main constituent of peat (mostly the genus Sphagnum), although they are also used for decorative purposes, such as in gardens and in the florist trade. Traditional uses of mosses included as insulation and for the ability to absorb liquids up to 20 times their weight.
May 25th, 2017
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