The hyaciths scripta (or “humble hyacithes”) is a unique type of moss that has evolved over thousands of years, according to researchers at the University of Arizona in Tucson.
Researchers found that the moss’s name comes from a word meaning “mushroom-like” and was coined by a botanist named Hyacinthus Potter, who first noticed the plant in 1642, according a statement from the University.
“Our new hyaciterous species is actually a very humble hyacite scripta that looks like a hyacinthe,” lead researcher Michael M. Bauck, a paleontologist at the UA’s School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, said in a statement.
The moss, named for its resemblance to a mushroom, has been studied since the 1970s, but until now, there was no way to tell how long it had been growing.
In 2015, researchers from the United States and Brazil identified the moss as a new species.
It is believed that the hyacits scripta may have originated in southern Africa.
Researchers have found hyacithers scripta in South Africa, South Africa and Botswana, and have been looking for more hyacithets scripta to be found in those countries.
In addition to Bauks research, another study in 2016 also revealed that the new species was new.
Researchers from the Universidade Federal do Paraná, Brazil, identified hyachereus scripta from the Brazilian Amazon.
“We found this species in an area of Amazonia in Brazil and this is a very important discovery,” Baucks research team member João Paulo S. Alves, a biogeochemist at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, told the Associated Press.
“It is the first hyachet in the world, and this shows that the plants have adapted to survive in very harsh conditions, which is quite surprising,” he added.