There is only one genus and species in this family.


Lunularia cruciata

This species could be mistaken for a Marchantia, but the gemmae cups are crescent-shaped.

The gemmae (the little round things in the cups) are a very effective means of vegetative reproduction so the sporophytes aren't often produced. When they are, they are cross-shaped stuctures on stalks, hence the name "cruciata".


liverwort index