February 20, 2024

The secret of moss is the ancestor of all plants and vital to our planet

Illustrative image,

moss Macrometrium microstomum They are found all over New Zealand

  • author, Katie Field and Sylvia Brissel
  • roll, Conversation*

When people think of unusual plants, they hardly think of algae.

The algae blends in with the green surroundings and the plant life seems to be growing everywhere whether you like it or not.

But this group of plants—which actually includes between 12,000 and 15,000 species—is staggering. Their unique flexibility allows them to grow almost everywhere on earth.

Algae help scientists understand the evolution of life and make up one of the oldest surviving groups of plants.