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Crescent-cup Liverwort

Lunularia cruciata

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Plant Data

Order:
Lunulariales
Family:
Lunulariaceae (Liverworts)
Type:
Liverwort
Maximum Size:
1 centimetre spread
Habitats:
Gardens, rocks, walls, waterside, wetland, woodland.
Flower:
Liverworts are not flower-bearing. Instead, they reproduce using umbrella-like structures known as gametophores. The female spore-producing structures are stalked. The male structures are on the surface of the plant.
Fruit:
Cross-shaped capsules (rarely appearing).
Leaves:
Pale green, waxy and mat-forming. The crescent-shaped receptacles on the leafy surface of the plant are unique to thallose liverworts and make this species easy to identify.
Frequency (UK):
Common