Friday, December 10, 2004

Moss in high sage desert, Taos foothills

wintering moss Posted by Hello

One of the surprises is to find moss growing under high and windy desert conditions. We easily transplanted some of the moss found under Big Sage on the property. The transplants are happily wintering in the patio -- a dramatic and beautiful addition.

The variety of moss is Tortula ruralis, close-up it is star-shaped. The moss can dry up and be without water for 70 years and yet come to life when it is watered. Plant scientists are researching its genetic makeup to make other plants drought-tolerant.

Moss Nursery under Big Sage Posted by Hello

Tortula ruralis Posted by Hello

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