why does moss grow on stuff?
Mosses (bryophytes) can grow in different places, on different
types of surfaces including sand, rocks, lawns, walls, etc.,
often in moist or wet places. The following might be helpful:
Anthony Brach Ph.D.
Mosses are relatively simple plants that do not have strong root structures
for support or absorbing moisture. They grow on surfaces that offer support,
and where there is moisture.
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Update: June 2012