Liverworts together with the mosses make up a group called the Bryophytes.

In the bush, they make up a green mantle that covers banks, tree trunks and rocks. To the untrained eye, it is just all 'mossy stuff'.

In areas of forest which have a high rainfall, that 'mossy stuff' is more likely to be predominantly liverworts. The liverworts are often overlooked, but when examined closely, they are more variable and more species rich than mosses.


How can you tell if a bryophyte is a moss or a liverwort?


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