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    Are these sphagnum?

    Hi, everyone

    Been on a trip to my neighbor's cottage in the countryside. I found few cluster of mosses which reminded me with the sphagnum used rather religiously by CP growers as toppings, especially for Nepenthes. I asked my neighbor for some and he was more than happy to let me get some specimen to be cultivated in my home. The mosses grew inside private property, so pretty much I'm sure that there are no conservation policy violated in the process. Also I heard from one of the garden workers, these are usually treated as weed around dragonfruit trees. I got myself a huge chunk of soil from a dead pineapple crop in which mosses are growing abundantly there, and the other collected sporadically from the edge of growing beds used for dragonfruit plants and now they're inside containers. Here goes nothing.

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    I hope everyone can help me identifying these babies

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    it definitely is not sphagnum. http://www.sarracenia.com/photos/mis...agsp___001.jpg This is what live sphagnum looks like. You could try using that stuff as a top dressing though, not too sure on what it is.

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    REALLY??

    Is that ok? I heard some genus of moss are poisonous for CPs, hmmmm... Will it be okay?

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    It is not moss. I wouldn't take chances with it.

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    One of them is a star moss, one of the others may be a selaginella. In any case, do not use anything that is not sphagnum in CP pots for risk of toxins or breakdown of soil; hances are it may clog the soil as well and not allow it to breathe.
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    Thank you guys for the input

    @hcarlton yeah you were right, one is star moss and the other selaginella. It match perfectly after I googled.

    Yea, I wouldn't use them if I don't know exactly what they were. Part of the reason I joined here was to ask about it

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