best way to identify and know the mosses is to collect a sample of each kind you
find. Plastic sandwich bags are an
ideal way to carry them from the field. Be
sure to remove them as soon as possible when you get home, or keep them in a
cool place. Remember, mosses
contain a lot of moisture and will sweat and mildew if left for too long in a
warm place in an airtight container.
simplest way of storing specimens is in paper envelopes made from plain or scrap
paper and folded as shown below. Either letter size or half is suitable.
Be sure to write details of geographic location, habitat, date, and name
when you have determined it, on the outside.
Store these packets in a shoe box or similar container.
These dried specimens can be quickly "revived" for study at any
time by immersing a sample in water.
a suitable specimen of each species to press lightly (they dry very quickly) and
paste in a notebook with the name for future reference. This saves the bother of opening up envelopes for comparing specimens.
identification purposes, you will need a good 10-power hand lens. If you have access to a binocular dissecting microscope, so much the
better; and a compound microscope may be necessary for observing the finer
distinctions between some species.