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    Is this sphagnum?

    This are three photos of recently-acquired utrics with some moss growth (the third pic shows it best), and I'm all but certain it's sphagnum moss - can anyone confirm or correct?

    I'm concerned it will eventually overgrow and smother the utrics if I don't keep up on trimming it (won't it?).

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    Looks like carpet moss
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    I think third is sphagnum

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    Nope.
    http://www.terraforums.com/forums/image.php?type=sigpic&userid=6789&dateline=1352508752

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    Sphagnum is thicker; the more I look at it the less it looks like Sphagnum.

    Does anyone have an inkling if this stuff will overgrow my utric and smother it? I just can't imagine trying to "separate them" - it would be a nightmare and I'm not sure it'd even be possible.

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    I don't think it'll overgrow it quickly, but over time probably. It grows pretty slowly for me. I'd just keep an eye on it.
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    I have that exact same moss and some liverworts with my U. livida, and the utric promply overgrew both of them. So, if you still want your moss, then tear a few strands out and toss it in another pot.

    As for the identity of the moss, I think it's Polytrichum.
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    Thanks guys. I got confirmation from the guy who sent me the utrics that the utrics will overgrow the moss.

    Frankly the only moss I'm interested in having in any quantity right now is sphagnum moss. I'm thinking about making an outdoor bucket or two of the stuff in the Spring, with the info I got from seedjar and swords.

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