elaineo wrote:Wait a sec... @Supercazzola & @Frothy_milk -- isn't this just green sphagnum??
After being mailed in the dark for about a week, red sphagnum loses its color. This can be fixed by giving the moss light.
elaineo wrote:The green sphag I have right now turns purple if I hit it with enough light, but that doesn't make it a purple species.
Maybe you got purple sphagnum but thought it was green sphagnum.
No, there's more to a species than color. Red sphagnum species have different size, shape, and growth density. I'm not a sphag expert, but as far as I can tell, this is a green sphagnum species. Maybe someone who knows better can weigh in?
Sphagnum sect. Acutifolia plants generally form hummocks above the water line, usually colored orange or red. Examples: Sphagnum fuscum and Sphagnum warnstorfii.
Sphagnum sect. Cuspidata plants are usually found in hollows, lawns, or are aquatic, and are green. Examples: Sphagnum cuspidatum and Sphagnum flexuosum.
Sphagnum sect. Sphagnum plants have the largest gametophytes among the sections, forming large hummocks, their leaves form cuculate (hood-shaped) apices, and are green, except for Sphagnum magellanicum Example: Sphagnum austinii.
Sphagnum sect. Subsecunda plants vary in color from green to yellow and orange (but never red), and are found in hollows, lawns, or are aquatic. Species always with unisexual gametophytes. Examples: Sphagnum lescurii and Sphagnum pylaesii.