Mossy Stump

Mosses, ferns and fungi of various types develop on stumps, thriving on decaying leaf litter and other vegetation. The development of a plant community on a stump is similar to the development of most other plant communities. The lichen come first, setting up camp wherever there is light and moisture. As they grow, they tend to trap dust from the air and together with dead lichen, produce a soil in which other plants can grow.

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