Sphagnum is a huge group of plants and I've seen photos of many types. *They can grow as slow as 1 mm a year and as fast a 6cm a year. *A microscope is required for spiecies ID, but on the macro level they can look quite different from one another. *Currently I have two types.
Type 1, "fluffy". *I call this type fluffy because it has much finer featherlike leaves then what most photos of Sphagnum show. *It grows about 3cm per year and spoors every month or so. *Only about 1cm at a time is alive and is slightly yellower then grass green. *It is also somewhat pale and the dieing parts turn to a rusty brown as they form new lightish colored peat. *This was an ornimental Sphagnum strand placed next to my origenal flytrap (to survive) by "Little Pot of Horrors".
Type 2, "Standard". *this poped up in my first bag of peat moss. *I had planted fluffy in it, but I have recently noticed that this thicker more traditional type has started growing among it, in fact, their is actually more of it then the fluffy in that culture. *It is grass green.
Type 3, "bright". *This is a bright spring green that nearly glows with it's intense color. *This appeared in a dark peat pellot and is not old enough yet to discribe further other then the color difference.
So, I am curious, what sort of Sphagnum do you have? *It can come in a rainbow of colors, shapes sizes... Perhaps we can begin a little mini data collection of the types we find growing in out plants, and some day set up a traid system to help increase our collections of this secondary helper plant [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]