It’s a little odd writing this now because I awoke this morning to falling snow here in
In any event I’ve been reading and learning a bit more about plants. The one pictured is a moss. I find mosses delightful. They’re also pretty interesting from a natural history standpoint.
Mosses are the most specious (that is their group has the most species) group of bryophytes. Bryophytes are primitive land plants that are made up of the mosses, liverworts and hornworts. They lack roots, leaves, xylem, phloem and nearly every structure we typically associate with plants. They absorb water directly and usually very quickly which is why they will become instantly verdant during rain.
Some mosses are extremely specialized. A few species are found living only on the bones and antlers of dead reindeer. A few tropical species are found living only on the wing coverings of beetles.
Many similar organisms that are not mosses have been historically called mosses. Lichens (reindeer moss), seaweed (Irish moss), flowering plants (Spanish moss) and vascular planets (club moss) have all been mistakenly associated with bryophytes.