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liverwort,

any plant of the class Marchantiopsida. Mosses and liverworts together comprise the division BryophytaBryophyta
, division of green land plants that includes the mosses (class Bryopsida), the liverworts (Marchantiopsida), and the hornworts (Anthocerotopsida). The liverworts and hornworts are generally inconspicuous plants; common liverworts include species of the genera
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, primitive green land plants (see mossmoss,
any species of the class Bryopsida, in which the liverworts are sometimes included. Mosses and liverworts together comprise the division Bryophyta, the first green land plants to develop in the process of evolution.
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; plantplant,
any organism of the plant kingdom, as opposed to one of the animal kingdom or of the kingdoms Fungi, Protista, or Monera in the five-kingdom system of classification.
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); some of the earliest land plants resembled modern liverworts. In contrast to mosses, most liverworts grow prostrate and consist of a flattened, branching (but undifferentiated) green structure, the thallus; other liverworts produce leafy stems, which are flattened and usually prostrate. The ancients believed that liverworts could cure diseases of the liver, hence the name. They are also called hepatics, and the unrelated flowering plant hepaticahepatica
or liverleaf,
any plant of the genus Hepatica of the family Ranunculaceae (buttercup family), low, woodland, spring wildflowers of the north temperate zone, popular for wild gardens.
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 is frequently called liverwort. Liverworts are classified in the division Bryophyta, class Marchantiopsida.
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liverwort

[′liv·ər‚wȯrt]
(botany)
The common name for members of the Marchantiatae.
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liverwort

any bryophyte plant of the phylum Hepatophyta, growing in wet places and resembling green seaweeds or leafy mosses
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Bouvet Island, for example, lies 4,430 km from Heard Island, but they share 30 percent of their moss species, 29 percent of their liverworts, and 32 percent of their lichens.
We found the bed of the lake to be almost completely covered by mosses or liverworts to a depth of 22 m.
The liverwort diversity in Cocos Island shows the typical pattern of tropical lowland forest, where Lejeuneaceae is by far the most dominant family in terms of species number (Table 1).
Spore development in the liverwort Riccardia pinguis.
Composition and distribution of liverworts (Marchantiophyta) in a continuous altitudinal range on the Cordillera Oriental of Colombia.
Seasonal changes in the chemical constituents of the liverwort Targionia hypophylla L.
The bryophytes (mosses, liverworts and hornworts) stand for the second largest group of the simplest green land plants following angiosperms, and are phylogenetically placed between the algae and the pteridophytes.
The ethereal extracts of the liverwort species growing in southern part of Turkey such as Riccia fluitans, Porella cordaeana, Porella platyphylla, Corsinia coriandrina, Mannia androgyna, Reboulia hemisphaerica, Plagiochasma rupestre, Targionia hypophylla were evaluated comparatively for the wound-healing activity.
Cabraleadiol (9) was previously isolated from the liverwort Blepharidophyllum densifolium (Flegel and Becker, 1999) while viridiflorol (11) was obtained from Bazzania trilobata, Locopholea bidentata, and L heterophylla (Asakawa et al., 2012).
(2001) the Junger manniales order is the largest of Hepaticae; about 1000 species are present in tropical America; species of this order are plants with leaves and they are therefore called "leafy liverworts".
We always dress the surface with grit to retain moisture - it also stops the neck of the cuttings from rotting and keeps down weeds and liverwort. Drench the pot, allow to drain and put the whole caboodle in a bright place, though out of direct sunlight.