Lunulariaceae

There is only one genus and species in this family.

Lunulariacruciata1141a

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".

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