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Found this at Killies.com:
http://www.killies.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=587

Talks about the classification of various mosses, and let me tell you, there are some surprising things in here!

Just a tidbit:
First surprise - Java Moss which we all (or maybe it was only me) thought the identity was never in doubt - In publications everywhere and all over the internet, the scientific name of Java Moss has always been Vesicularia dubyana. Right? Well, we were all wrong. Java Moss, according to Dr Tan is a species of Taxiphyllum. That's the genus name and for a very strange reason which I will go into details later, Dr Tan cannot confirm the species name.

Also, Xmass/Taiwan moss and Gomer's Nano Moss (known as Erect Moss there) are part of the same genus ... that being ... Vesicularia!

Awesome pics, and lots of good info here! Check it out!

/needs to check into a moss rehab clinic...

I have a LOT better luck with aquatic plants than with houseplants ... mb this is a sign.
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That is absolutely crazy on the amount of mix ups just in the aquatic mosses. It would be a lot easier if they did not look so similar. It is great that Christmas moss and Erect moss are finally getting closer to a scientific name. I was quite shocked to read all that, especially since I was reading some things on that site for identification of mosses just yesterday! Now everything is changed!
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There seems to be some incongruent messages:

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Also, Xmass/Taiwan moss and Gomer's Nano Moss (known as Erect Moss there) are part of the same genus...
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Second surprise - Taiwan Moss and Christmas Moss are mosses that belong to different genera. In other words, although they look like they are the same plant, they actually belong to different groups.
According to timebomb, Taiwan moss and Christmas moss are two different species that aren't even in the same genus.
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I've been following the forum for a while. It's becomming quite the popular place to discuss mosses!
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I just wanted to jump in and say that my moss is NOT erect moss. In my tank, I have erect moss, nano moss, xmas moss, and somehting that was called xmas moss (looks like xmas x java). I can take a picture if you want, but nano is DEFINATELY not any of the others I have.


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Unless you send it for some type of analysis you will never know what type of moss it is.
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Who votes Gomer should change his name to MossMan?
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Quote:
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There seems to be some incongruent messages:

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Also, Xmass/Taiwan moss and Gomer's Nano Moss (known as Erect Moss there) are part of the same genus...
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Second surprise - Taiwan Moss and Christmas Moss are mosses that belong to different genera. In other words, although they look like they are the same plant, they actually belong to different groups.
According to timebomb, Taiwan moss and Christmas moss are two different species that aren't even in the same genus.
Ack, yea I was wrong. Forget what I said, and just pay attention to the article.

That's what I get for typing while asleep.

I have a LOT better luck with aquatic plants than with houseplants ... mb this is a sign.
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I am *hoping* to get some Xmas, Willow, Erect and Java moss from a person in Singapore. I really want to try some of that Erect moss, it looks great.
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anywhere to get it erect moss in the US?
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There are a few of us with it in the US...I for one don't have any extra to part with. There were 10 fronds that were on aquabid recently. Sold for around $20-25.


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I have a tiny portion of supposed X-mas moss growing in a 2.5g. It was left over from some I put in my 20g. Once I get it growing well, I hope to be able to make it available.

I have to get my hands on the other mosses to do the same ^_^
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