Liverwort Liverwort Plant Liverwort Plant

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Probably Aytoniaceae Family.

Bryophytes are the mosses, liverworts and hornworts. They are not generally considered to be "Vascular Plants." They are usually smaller plants that reproduce by means of spores, but, unlike ferns, they have a dominant gametophyte generation. The Aytoniaceae are complex thalloid Liverworts. In this context, the word "complex" just means that the thallus is several cells thick. The word "thalloid" means that the organism is not differentiated into structures resembling leaves and stems as are the leafy liverworts. Liverworts have single celled rhizoids (rootlike structures) as opposed to the mosses which possess multicellular rhizoids. The structure of the pores and scale appendages are important in the determination of genus in the Aytoniaceae.

Santa Catalina Mountains
Sabino Canyon Recreation Area.
Location: Bluff Trail.

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