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What is this small mat-forming perennial ?


 
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PostPosted: Thu May 24, 2012 4:17 pm    Post subject: What is this small mat-forming perennial ? Reply with quote

I have come across this plant over the past couple of years. It persists as a mat of small (0.5cm), more-or-less circular "leaves" and at this time of year it puts up masses of small, star-shaped structures (they may be reproductive structures).
I hace encountered it growing in moist, shaded areas (often under trees) where there is little competition from other plants. As far as I am concerned it is not causing any problem; it is attractive in its own way; but I am curious.

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PostPosted: Thu May 24, 2012 4:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Liverwort.
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PostPosted: Thu May 24, 2012 5:46 pm    Post subject: Thanks Reply with quote

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Thanks for such a quick reply. My curiosity is satisfied

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PostPosted: Thu May 24, 2012 10:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Probably Marchantia polymorpha. Common liverwort.

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PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2012 1:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dam how did I miss this post.
I agree liverworth
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