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By Intheswamp
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Nothing beneath it. I tried peat moss with my first sphagnum moss growing disaster. Others may have better results using peat as a substrate, but my experience was bad. I have thought of trying silica sand with a touch of peat added to an attempt to replicate what I've seen "in the wild". ;)
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By Spunro
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sorry for reviving this thread but is this sphag too?
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By Intheswamp
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I will say, with utmost confidence,...maybe. 8-)

Looks much like sphagnum, though my local sphagnum grows "bushier" without as long of growing points (I guess that's what you call them...the leaves, fronds, filaments, ???).
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By MikeB
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Not sphagnum. I've seen the name of this moss before but can't recall it at the moment.
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By steve booth
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The moss in the picture you supplied comes under the heading of sheet or carpet moss to me, and is useless as a carnivorous plant medium and may even kill your plant if you use ita as a 100% growing medium. If you feel it, it is dry (unless its been raining) not at all like sphagnum which is generally wet.
Here's is a definition of Sphagnum moss:
any of an order (Sphagnales, containing a single genus Sphagnum) of atypical mosses that grow only in wet acid areas where their remains become compacted with other plant debris to form peat
If you Google sheet or carpet moss, you may well be able to see the species you pictured. They grow in full to partial shade where the soil is a well-drained but moist substrate, whereas Sphagnum grows in wet, badly drained, areas.
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By alecStewart1
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At the very least, you can get some good moss to make nifty local plant terrariums/vivariums with.

Careful going through peat bogs, though I'm sure you had a relative that already told you that when you were a kid.
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