Marchantia polymorpha

    Description

    This is a green mat forming plant, sometimes purplish in older plants. The plants produce umbrella-like reproductive structures known as gametophores. Those of female plants consist of a stalk with star-like rays at the top. These contain the organs which produce the ova. Male gametophores are topped by a flattened disc and produce the sperm.

    Habitat

    This species grows on soil or sometimes rock in very wet, shaded areas.

    When to see it

    The plant is visible all year round. The pictures show the reproductive structures appearing in June.

    UK Status

    Very common throughout Britain

    VC55 Status

    Very common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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