American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of various pale or ashy mosses of the genus Sphagnum, the decomposed remains of which form peat.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of mosses, the peat- or bog-mosses, the only representative of the order Sphagnaceæ. For characters, see Sphagnaceæ. The plants of this genus are widely diffused over the temperate parts of the globe, and enter largely into the composition of peat. There are about 25 North American species and many varieties or forms, about the validity of which the best authorities differ widely. The most divergent forms may be distinguished by well-marked characters, but these seem to merge into one another by a complete series of connecting links. See
peat, peat.-moss, Bryaceæ.
- n. A mass or quantity of moss of this genus: often used attributively; as, sphagnum moss; a sphagnum. bog.
- n. Any of various widely distributed mosses, of the genus Sphagnum, which slowly decompose to form peat.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) A genus of mosses having white leaves slightly tinged with red or green and found growing in marshy places; bog moss; peat moss.
- n. any of various pale or ashy mosses of the genus Sphagnum whose decomposed remains form peat
- New Latin, from Latin sphagnos, a kind of moss, from Greek, a kind of shrub. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Potting mixes often contain sphagnum peat moss from bogs in Canada or Ireland.”
“It is very surprising to find certain relict habitats related to the northern European freshwater ecosystems, such as sphagnum peat bogs, and birch (Betula pendula) copses.”
“I have an extremely vague recollection of Jerry in some interview or other mentioning "The Nursery Frieze," the Gorey work consisting of a long series of animals of indeterminate species, each uttering a single, odd word, like "sphagnum" ... "orrery" ... deadsongs. vue.168”
“Some porous material such as sphagnum moss or excelsior (as here) is put on the open bottom and the flat watered by allowing it to stand in a sink or tub for”
“Azaleas require highly acidic soil - such as sphagnum peat moss amended with gypsum and perhaps limestone.”
“They are used commercially to treat seedlings before setting them in the field to reduce shock.] (6) Use no medium, such as sphagnum moss, for the roots because it is unnecessary and causes a lot of fuss with the plant inspectors.”
“From pillows of sphagnum that over millennia have built up this extraordinary place, carmine glitter of round-leaved sundew attracts the eye, slowly digesting its captured insect-life.”
“But I certainly wasn't going to complain, especially when he retreated to the "prop range," the Botanic Garden greenhouse where hundreds of species were growing—the BBG boasts 1,600 species—to retrieve some Chilean sphagnum moss.”
“Materials needed to assemble your terrarium include gravel for drainage; sphagnum moss to keep the soil from sifting into the drainage area; potting mix without fertilizer; and accessories like gravel, miniature animals — whatever items that add a touch of whimsy to your terrarium.”
“A fern-grass-sedge pampa covers the summit areas of the larger islands where moisture is retained in temporary pools and sphagnum moss.”
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