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Common smoothcap

Mosses have been around for over 350 million years! Us homo sapiens have been around for a mere 200,000 years. Around 20,000 species of moss have been identified worldwide. Common Smoothcap is a distinctive moss that forms extensive patches in shaded, well-drained woodlands on all but the most extreme soils. It usually appears dark green, but can sometimes have a more yellow tint. The erect stems reach 7cm, with leaves to 1 cm in length with toothed edges. It is also known as Also known as Catherine’s Moss or Big Star Moss because the growth pattern of the leaves look like stars when viewed from above.

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