Record Detail

Catalogue Number DBN 365
Artefact Description During World War I one of the first things to become scarse was cotton wool. Fortunately the peat-moss Sphagnum was an excellent substitute on account of its absorbent and antiseptic qualities. The bogs of Ireland became an important source to meet the great demand.
TaxonSPHAGNACEAE Sphagnum sp.
TDWG ContinentEurope
TDWG RegionNorthern Europe
TDWG Botanical CountryIreland
TDWG UseMedicine - Infections Infestations, Skin/Subcutaneous Cellular Tissue Disorders
SourceIrish War Hospital, Royal College of Science sub depot