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Sphagnum Moss.  This is a common moss which thrives under shrubs near roadsides and meadows.  As it grows larger, it grows towards better light.  The plant renews itself every two years, and each year new patches will grow while old patches will disappear (Dave Foster).  This moss is used in baskets and as a bottom habitat for insects and reptiles.  The stalks growing up are the sporophytes, which hold the spores for reproducing. 

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