Note — Jun 27, 2021

Robin Wall Kimmerer: ‘Mosses Are a Model of How We Might Live’

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Mosses might have to join fungi and trees as a topic of interest that pops up here with regularity. Another fascinating type of organism that we don’t know enough about, and that is proving both highly intriguing, and full of lessons or solutions we can learn from. And, much like Suzanne Simard with mycorrhizal fungi and trees, mosses also have a brilliant woman studiously focused on understanding, and clearly sharing their beauty.

I also think that the times we’re living in are creating a longing for a connection to land and nature: what I call a longing for belonging. […]

The most primitive of plants, mosses lack flowers, fruits and seeds, have no roots, and no vascular system to conduct water internally, and yet there are 22,000 species, even if most are still so little known to the public that only a few have been given common names. […]

They are the coral reef of the forest, a microbiome in which the species of the bacteria that live in the angles of their leaves are different, say, to those on their rhizoids [the filaments found on their thallus, or plant body].”