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  Vesicularia montagnei (Schimp.) Broth.
  Family Name : Hypnaceae

  Common Names : Christmas Moss, Xmas Moss

 
Christmas Moss,Xmas Moss
  • Record Info
  • Life Stage & Characteristics
    • Plant Division :
      Mosses & Allies (Non-Vascular Plants)
      Plant Growth Form :
      Aquatic & Hydrophyte
      Lifespan (in Singapore) :
      Perennial
      Mode of Nutrition :
      Autotrophic
  • Biogeography
    • Native Distribution :
      South America
      Native Habitat :
      Aquatic
      Local Conservation Status :
      Exotic (Horticultural / Cultivated Only)
  • Description & Ethnobotany
    • Plant Morphology :
      Growth Form: An aquatic epiphytic moss, it can be grown submerged in water. The rhizomes have a creeping growth form. 
      Foliage: The fronds which drape over each other slightly are long and triangular in shape, consisting of lateral branches arranged in  a regular fashion, giving it a Christmas tree-like look. The shape of the individual leaflets is rounded to ovate with a cuspidate leaf apex.  
      Cultivation :
      It is ideally grown under partial sun, in water pH levels of 6.0 to 7.5 and in water temperatures of 22 to 28°C. It can be grown, free floating or attached to pieces of driftwood or rock. When attached, it brings out the beauty of the moss as the shape of the triangular fronds are more pronounced as compared to when the plant is grown free floating where it will have less organised look and less pronounced fronds. 
      Ethnobotanical Uses :
      None
  • Landscaping Features
    • Landscaping :
      It is commonly used in freshwater aquariums and can be grown on a a plastic mesh to form a moss wall in an aquarium.  
      Desirable Plant Features :
      Ornamental Foliage, Ornamental Form
  • Plant Care & Propagation
    • Light Preference :
      Semi-Shade
      Water Preference :
      Lots of Water
      Plant Growth Rate :
      [Remarks] (It is a slow growing plant. )
      Propagation Method :
      Division
  • Foliar
    • Foliage Retention :
      Evergreen
      Mature Foliage Colour(s) :
      Green
      Foliar Type :
      Compound
      Foliar Shape(s) :
      Non-Palm Foliage

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