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Lembophyllum divulsum. Swamp moss.

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Fishing and Hunting

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Hypnum clandestinum, Lembophyllum clandestinum

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Used by fowlers to cover a bird-snare, to give it the appearance of a growing branch (Best 1907).

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Soft mosses used as baby wrappings and as diapers (held in place with a large leaf) (MacDonald 1973).

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Found on bark, roots and rocks, usually in forest. Widespread in New Zealand. ( Beever et al 1992).

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"Kohukohu, lichen; which, when reduced to powder, is rubbed into the skin for cutaneous eruptions.(Taylor 1870: 109).

"Kohukohu (common moss which grows on trees). - Dried in the sun, and pounded into dust, then mixed with the "hinu kōhia" oil, it is used as a salve for the itch, scald head and other cutaneous eruptions." Brett's Guide 1883.

Kohukohu, a swamp moss, used as styptic - the leaves were bruised on the hand, applied on the wound and bandaged very lightly. (O'Carroll 1884).

" Kohukohu, a lichen, when dried and reduced to powder is applied to cutaneous eruptions." Kerry-Nicholls 1886)

Dipped in water, applied locally for venereal disease (Best 1906).

Used as napkin for menstruation (Goldie 1904, Best 1905b, Best 1907).

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Lembophyllum divulsum can be mistaken for Weymouthia mollis. W. mollis 'forms soft, pale green to fawn veils hanging from branches and twigs in wet forest' ( Beever, Allison & Child 1992: 119). It is a softer moss than Lembophyllum and can be very abundant. [Jessica Beever, pers com., July 2001]

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28 May 2007
2 July 2020
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