Bog-Moss - Mayaca
Mayaca fluviatilis
Mayacaceae (Bog-Moss) Family

Bog moss is a submersed plant. Its preferred habitat is at the shallow margins of streams, ponds, creeks, lakes and bogs, or wherever is standing water is persistent. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region. Mayaca Bog Moss is often mistaken for Ribbed Bog Moss (Aulacomnium palustre).

The stems may be several feet long, depending on water depth, and whitish-green in color. The leaves are soft and mossy, like short pieces of fine thread. The leaves are about 1/4 inch long and arranged in densely crowded spirals along the stem.

The flowers are solitary on short stalks. The small flowers have three petals and are whitish to pink in color. Flowers occur in the spring.

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