Wednesday, February 13, 2008

The first liverwort

At the back of White Log, the shadiest part of Emthree itself, I found a few runners of variable-leaved crestwort (Lophocolea heterophylla), the first liverwort I have found in the square metre itself, though I have seen two other species just outside. This one has small round green leaves towards the ends of the runners and less regular ones with two horns towards the runner bases. On one there was a dark spore-bearing capsule on a pale seta (see top picture) and, although very tiny, I can see the reflection of my own head on its shiny surface: liverwort-man.

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