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Pest Information

Mosses

Mosses

  • Latin Name: Musci
  • Common Name: Mosses
  • Other Names: N/A

Pest Details

Mosses
Mosses

Origin:

Many varieties of mosses that are native to the United States.

Biology:

Mosses are primitive, spore-producing plants found most often on shaded, moist surfaces. They form thick mats of foliage, roots, and a dense buildup of organic matter below. Most kinds are perennial, possibly with the foliage desiccating in hot, dry weather. Propagation is either from wind-blown spores or from vegetative spread. The spores are produced in visible capsules that form at the ends of the leafy shoots.

Identification:

Mosses are low and mat-forming, and their foliage usually is minute leaves and stems. The leaves often are arranged in a spiral fashion along the thin stems.

Characteristicts Important to Control:

In turf they generally grow in weakened, bare areas. Heavy moisture encourages the growth of mosses.

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