What does water do for moss??

What does it do for moss? Why does it need water?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Habitat of Mosses in general

    Mosses are found chiefly in areas of low light and dampness; any area of the world. Mosses are common in wooded areas and at the edges of streams. Mosses are also found in cracks between paving stones in damp city streets. Some types have adapted to urban conditions and are found only in cities.

    A few species are wholly aquatic, such as Fontinalis antipyretica, and others such as Sphagnum inhabit bogs, marshes and very slow-moving waterways. Such aquatic or semi-aquatic mosses can greatly exceed the normal range of lengths seen in terestial mosses. Individual plants 20-30 cm or more long are common in Sphagnum species for example.

    Wherever they occur, mosses require moisture to survive because of the small size and thinness of tissues, lack of cuticle (waxy covering to prevent water loss), and the need for liquid water to complete fertilization. Some mosses can survive desiccation, returning to life within a few hours of re-hydration.

    In northern latitudes, the north side of trees and rocks will generally have more moss on average than other sides. This is assumed to be because of the lack of sufficient water for reproduction on the sun-facing side of trees. South of the equator the reverse is true. In deep forests where sunlight does not penetrate, mosses grow equally well on all sides of the tree trunk.

    The second last para will tell you why mosses prefer moist habitat.

    Source(s): Wikipedia
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Moss is a plant.

    Plants need water, or they dry up and die.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    water does absolutly everything for the moss.

  • 1 decade ago

    moss needs water to keep moist so it can grow. and stay alive.

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  • 1 decade ago

    water helps it grow. it needs water and sun light to live.

  • 1 decade ago

    It makes it grow and spread.Allows spoor's to form and generate .

  • 1 decade ago

    mmmm im still thinking.... tooo because it needs get wet, like that is the best way to catch oxigen/////

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Allows it to photosynthesize and make it's food.

  • 1 decade ago

    It gets it wet.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    feeds it

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