There are at least 12,000 species of moss that exist all over the world (except in salt water). The most common species are the ones that exist in shady locations and create a carpet across woodlands and forest floors.
Mosses are great for preventing soil erosion, as they are capable of absorbing vast amounts of water. Additionally, mosses can break down different layers of soil and release nutrients for other plants to utilize.
These resilient plants have existed for at least 250 million years and are so diverse, that many do not have "common names." Below you'll find a list of the most common species of moss that have been documented in Hot Springs National Park.
Mosses of Hot Springs National Park
These mosses from the Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas, were collected by Dr. Jewel E. Moore, retired Professor of Biology, University of Central Arkansas, Conway, Arkansas, and identified by Steve L. Timme, Institute for Botanical Exploration, Mississippi State, Mississippi.
Identification of additional mosses from the Hot Springs National Park have revealed two which have never before been reported from the state, and a variety of another which has not previously been reported. The additions to the state checklist are:
Last updated: August 5, 2021