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Living moss carpets and green walls

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An introduction to mosses

Mosses belong to the family of bryophytes. This species differs from the pteriodophytes (eg. ferns) that have roots and sap but produce no grains and from the spermatophytes that produce grains. bryophytes are one of the most ancient forms of vegetation on the Earth.
Since mosses have no sap, they absorb the water and nutrients through diffusion in their tissues.
Mosses have no roots either. Rhizoides enable them to hang on to their mineral or vegetal support.
Mosses do not reproduce using grains but rather through sexual reproduction involving spores or by cloning fragments of living moss.
In cause of draught, mosses enter a dormant state for several weeks or even more in some cases. Their growth is slow compared to most plants.

Ecological interest

Mosses do not need any fertilizers or pesticides.
They are able to purify the surrounding air from micro particles and C02.
The limitate noise, absorbe humidity and take part into thermal stabilization.
Practical interest
Mosses do not request any mowing or watering.
They can develop without any need for soil, which makes them lighter than traditional vegetal rooftop solutions.
They do not need a draining system in most cases.

Esthetical interest

Mosses advantageously replace a synthetic lawn. They bring softness and beauty in gardens.