Credit for the first discovery of its use underwater goes to Gomer, our moderator. Before its scientific name was confirmed by Professor Tan of Singapore, Gomer coined its common name as "Nano Moss", perhaps in an effort to distinguish it from the "Mini Moss", which has been discovered to be "Singapore moss", highly polymorphic species
. Anyway, Professor Tan identified the Nano Moss to be Amblystegium serpens
. The specimen offered here did not originate from Gomer but was found in a water feature installation at Home Depot while I was browsing the 50% off rack.
It did grow to be similar to Gomer's specimen but a lot of moss will exhibit that singular erect habit, so I sent a sample to Professor Tan for identification. I recently got word that it is indeed the same species: A. serpens
. I did some research on it on Google and there appears to be several variants of this species. One of these days, I'll send another sample to the professor to see if he can narrow down the variant further.
Enough talk. Time for pictures.
Here is one taken by Gomer.
Originally Posted by pineapple
Maybe this moss is akin to the legend of the Dwarf Microsorium pteropus?
Ha ha ha.
Touche. Touche. There's really very little that is "nano" about this moss, except perhaps its girth. It grows like a stem plant, gaining height much faster than Erect moss. The true mini moss is still in la-la-land. I hope that we'll find it soon. Isn't it simply divine? ::sighs:: www.killies.com
is undoubtedly at the forefront of the moss/liverwort phenomenon. It is responsible for enticing hobbyists to attempt growing various moss and liverworts submersed to find that rare gem that'll survive being submersed. A lot of credit is due to Mr. Loh Kwek Leong and the professor Tan.
My recent trip the Carolinas yields a few potential specimens, one of which puts out submersed fronds that resemble a miniature Rotala pussila
, whose central vein is red-orange and the accompanying leaf-like thingamajig (I don't know its proper anatomical designation
) are colored a mellow yellow-green. I'm really excited and look forward to observe its progress in the coming weeks.