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Musci (Mosses)

  1. Angela E Newton

Published Online: 25 JUL 2001

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0003676



How to Cite

Newton, A. E. 2001. Musci (Mosses). eLS. .

Author Information

  1. Natural History Museum, London, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 JUL 2001


Mosses are members of the green plant lineage, showing alternation of generations, with an unbranched persistent sporophyte generation dependent on the dominant leafy gametophyte generation. They are the third most speciose group of land plants, and are important members of most terrestrial ecosystems.


  • green plants;
  • Sphagnum;
  • peat;
  • watershed protection;
  • carbon sink