There is only one species of this family in New Zealand. This family is recognised by the prostrate growth habit and the conspicuous erect leaf-like wings on the thallus.


Treubia lacunosa

This plant is quite distinctive, with the "folds" or "wings" along the central part of the thallus.

This plant is found on soil or rotting logs, usually in damp shade, and has a prostrate growth - ie. it lies flattened on whatever it is growing on.


The raised yellowish structures forming on the thallus in this image are the beginnings of the sporophytes.


The image to the right shows a sporophyte of Treubia lacunosa.


liverwort index