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Old 10-07-2006, 08:52 AM
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I wonder if an expert on this NG could assist me.
I have googled etc but am still not clear.

I have in the back of my mind from school days,
(a long, long time ago) that moss is just a form
of lichen.

Have I got it all wrong? Or perhaps I'm even asking
a question that doesn't technically make sense!

Many thanks,
Roy



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Old 10-07-2006, 09:31 AM
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On Sat, 7 Oct 2006 09:52:41 +0100, "RzB" <[Only registered users see links. ].newsgroup>
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They are different. A lichen is a combination of a fungus and an
algae.

the word "moss" does show up in the common names of some lichens, but
properly used they are quite different

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Old 10-07-2006, 09:39 AM
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In message <[Only registered users see links. ]>, RzB
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You've got it wrong. Mosses are plants, and specifically land plants.
Lichens are symbiotic associations of fungi with algae or cyanobacteria.
(Algae either are or aren't plants, depending where you draw the line.
Cyanobacteria are plants.)

The source of your confusion may be that reindeer moss is a misnomer,
cladistically speaking, reindeer moss is a lichen.

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Old 10-07-2006, 02:13 PM
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"Charles" <[Only registered users see links. ].net> wrote in message
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Ahh - I see - many thanks for your help.

Roy



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Old 10-07-2006, 07:14 PM
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In message <t0OsVSJoX3JFFwwd@meden.invalid>, Stewart Robert Hinsley
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Missing negative syndrome strikes again. That should read "Cyanobacteria
aren't plants".

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Old 10-07-2006, 09:06 PM
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In article <[Only registered users see links. ]>, Charles wrote:

An alga, to be precise. Algae is the plural.

A small distinction but important.

Roger

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Old 10-07-2006, 09:10 PM
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"RzB" <[Only registered users see links. ].newsgroup> schreef




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Also, keep in mind that a club moss is not a kind of moss.
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A moss and a lichen are two distinctly different things. Mosses are a type of non-vascular land plants whereas lichens are a combination of a fungi and an alga.
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