Conocephalum conicum (L.) Dumort. - Scented Liverwort


 

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Conocephalum conicum - (image 1 of 5)

 

Taxonomy

Family: Conocephalaceae

Habitat

Wet soil or rocks. Often found along stream banks and sometimes at the base of trees.

Associates

 

Distribution

Widespread

Morphology

Dichotomously branching thallus with large pores; does not produce gemmae cups. Dioicious, although reproductive structures uncommon. 

Notes

This species of liverwort has a distinctive "snakeskin" appearance due to the large cells of the thallus. It is the largest of the thalloid liverworts. The second image shows the small, mushroom-like sporophyte mostly covered by the calyptra but with the sporangia protruding along the edge of the "cap".

References

USDA, NRCS. 2002. The PLANTS Database, Version 3.5 (http://plants.usda.gov).

National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA.

 


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 Michael Hough 2009