Would anyone be able to identify any on the mosses in this picture?

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I'm trying to make something similar but am having difficulty choosing suitable mosses.

  • I just foud a free book "Moss Grower's Handbook" which looks like it could have some useful information in it.
    – BanksySan
    Commented Nov 25, 2016 at 13:21
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    Hi BanksySan. I see you mentioned a book which might help you. If you do find something, feel free to answer your own question so the rest of us can learn. Thanks! Commented Nov 25, 2016 at 18:19
  • Alas, no pictures. Looks like an interesting read nevertheless.
    – BanksySan
    Commented Nov 25, 2016 at 23:38
  • I just looked at that and it certainly does look interesting. It's very long, though, and if I were you I'd have asked the question here just like you did! Hopefully you'll get some good help. I don't know anything about moss so it will be interesting for me too. Commented Nov 26, 2016 at 0:17
  • BanksySan, do you have a list of the mosses you are awaiting in the mail? I've been learning all about mosses (again, it has been awhile). Some mosses are tolerant of 'wet feet' or water logging. Others are not. It'd be nice to find you've chosen species that need the same type of home. Have you read this handbook of mosses? By Fletcher?
    – stormy
    Commented Nov 26, 2016 at 20:11

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This is an interesting question. Identification takes a BIT more information than any picture could tell. Without a microscope, specimens and library it is ALWAYS A GUESS. You are standing upon MORE than mosses, lichens for sure. Moss or moss like plants are a joy to step upon, intermittently stepped upon or else they turn into mush. These soft mounded plants conjure up ancient aquifers, maidenhair fern, moist air and warmth. Think about that. What does that mean? Where do you live? Is this outdoors or indoors is this sample from an outdoor environment or a greenhouse? There is no way you could pick one of these 'examples' of soft fuzzy 'plants' and grow it just anywhere. This is the beauty of being able to grow plants. We learn about an alternate universe right next to ours we sorta kinda understand and one that our very lives depend.

This sounds like a wonderful project. Are you to make this moss stuff into a floor? How about a vertical wall hanging? What are the parameters for this project?

  • This is my first attempt, totally new, no idea what I'm doing, project. It'll be a bath mat though. Moisture supplied by the mist in the bathroom and watch dripping from people who use it. So far I have gone with a mixture of cushion moss, carpet moss and silver moss. Haven't arrived yet though.
    – BanksySan
    Commented Nov 25, 2016 at 23:36
  • How about light? If you want to keep the moisture in the bathroom you need to remember to not turn on the bathroom ventilation fan. Lighting will be interesting. The bathroom light will not be enough. The light should be placed at least a foot above the mosses depending on what you are using for lights. If too warm then you have to raise it up. You also need drainage so that there won't be the problem of any water sitting at the base of those plants. Don't think just the bathroom mist will be enough. Huummm. How often will people take a shower/bath? I gotta go think about this.
    – stormy
    Commented Nov 26, 2016 at 19:30
  • I am thinking that your moss should have another display where you are able to care for your mat and put it down by the tub when necessary. Sure is a pretty thing. Moss does well in shade OUTDOORS. The full spectrum light is necessary for photosynthesis...what light were you planning to use? What wattage?
    – stormy
    Commented Nov 26, 2016 at 19:34
  • Do you have a list of the scientific or botanical names? Can't use the common names.
    – stormy
    Commented Nov 26, 2016 at 21:17
  • alas, no. When they arrive I'll post some photos though, if that'll help.
    – BanksySan
    Commented Nov 26, 2016 at 21:20

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