Discussion in 'Other Plant Species' started by Keith, Mar 20, 2015.
Rob posted this as a Personal Message I have copied and opened it here.
Some where in my old brain I have heard of the cushion plant.
Tasmanian cushion plants
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The term cushion plant refers to a characteristic growth habit adopted by various species from a range of families in order to adapt to alpine and subalpine environments and areas of high latitude.
Cushion plants are low growing, highly compact, woody, spreading mats that can get up to 3m in diameter. These mats are made up of tightly packed stems that grow at the same rate so that no apical rosette protrudes above the rest.
They are adapted to grow in low nutrient areas and typically have deep taproots. They are very slow growing and do not grow very high above ground, mounds typically remain under 30 cm high. Underneath the living surface of the cushion, the plants either allow dead leaves to persist or produce non-photosynthetic material, resulting in an insulating effect.
Tasmanian Cushion Plant
Hi We have Cushion Plants over here in the Scottish high lands Mind you there a long way from where I live in London :frown-new:
Plant Life in the Scottish Highlands - Plants of the High Mountain Summits (continued) -- Cushion Plants
Not much of a link. Its the best I could find ??
The perfect place to go moss hunting.