Sphagnum palustre blankets the forest floor on Hawaii's Kohala Mountain (Courtesy Sara C. Hotchkiss via NationalGeographic.Com)

Scientists have found a species of moss, which seemed to have been spreading throughout the Hawaiian Islands for the past 50,000 years, as one of the oldest ever found.

Peat moss Sphagnum palustre (S. palustre) is found all about the northern hemisphere of the Earth, however, the ones found on the islands of Hawaii seems to have only replicated itself through Cloning.

There had been 24,000 year old Sphagnum palustre fossilized moss found in Hawaii before, indicating that the plan species had been growing for at least the long.

Brings new high-lighting to a plant that is generally thought of as ‘drab’.

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