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  Tortula ruralis (Hedw.) Gaertn. et al.
  Family Name : Pottiaceae

  Synonyms : Syntrichia ruralis, Tortula intermedia, Tortula ruraliformis

  Common Names : Star Moss, Cement Moss

Star Moss,Cement Moss
  • Record Info
  • Life Stage & Characteristics
    • Plant Division :
      Mosses & Allies (Non-Vascular Plants) (Moss)
      Plant Growth Form :
      Mode of Nutrition :
  • Biogeography
    • Native Distribution :
      Native Habitat :
      Local Conservation Status :
      Exotic (Horticultural / Cultivated Only)
  • Description & Ethnobotany
    • Plant Morphology :
      Growth Form: An erect and slow-growing xerophytic moss, it can survive for months without water and forms fairly loose to dense tufts. 
      Foliage: The small leaves are dark green and glisten when provided with adequate water. They leaves are arranged in rosettes. When dry, the leaves twist around the stem and turn red-brown. 
      Flowers: It is a moss and does not produce flowers. 
      Fruits: It is a moss and does not produce fruits.
      Cultivation :
      Though it is sold in aquariums in Singapore,  it is not a true aquatic moss and cannot be grown fully submerged. Doing so would cause the moss to rot within a few months. It is ideally grown partially submerged in water though it is highly drought tolerant and can revive after being dried out thoroughly (dessication). 
      Etymology :
      The common name 'Star Moss' is derived from the the leaf arrangement which gives the the appearance of  stars hence its name. 
      Ethnobotanical Uses :
  • Landscaping Features
    • Desirable Plant Features :
      Ornamental Foliage, Ornamental Form
      Plant & Rootzone Preference/Tolerance :
      Dry Soils / Drought
      Landscape Uses :
  • Plant Care & Propagation
    • Light Preference :
      Full Sun, Semi-Shade, Full Shade
      Water Preference :
      Moderate Water, Little Water
      Plant Growth Rate :
      Maintenance Requirements :
      Propagation Method :
      Division, [Remarks] (The plant can be propagated by separating it into several clumps and tying each clump onto a rock and tying in down with fishing line or mesh. )

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