Damman, Antoni W. H. Department of Biology, University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut.
Last reviewed:May 2021
- Types of bogs
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A nutrient-poor, acid peatland. A bog is a type of peatland, which is a terrestrial wetland ecosystem. Bogs (Fig. 1) are nutrient-poor and acidic, and they contain vegetation in which peat mosses (Sphagnum species) and ericaceous dwarf shrubs play a prominent role. To a lesser extent, various sedges (family Cyperaceae) also are common components of a bog. The terms muskeg, moor, heath, and moss are used locally to indicate bog sites. See also: Muskeg; Peat; Sphagnopsida; Swamp, marsh, and bog; Wetland
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