Pod moss appears as hundreds of small, dark green spheres that carpet the forest floor along river banks. These small spheres are shiny, smooth to the touch and grow tightly packed together. Under the soil, all of the "pods" in one cluster are linked together be long thin roots. Sometimes, several separate patches in the same immediate area will be linked together with the same thin tendrils.
Each pod is normally filled with air. If any one pod is disturbed (kicked, sat on, burnt, uprooted, etc.) it will contract, forcing the air out with a small chirp. At the same time, it will send signals to the other pods nearby via the tendril network which acts as a sort of nervous system. The pods will all contract, refill and contract in waves as the signal bounces around the root network. When hundreds of these are chirping, the noise can be heard at a distance. Eventually, pod moss quiets down, until disturbed again.
Pod moss is edible and quite tasty. The grum are, of course, the foremost experts in blending pod moss into salads and such. Pod moss occasionally thwarts would-be hunters be alerting forest animals.
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