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Metzgeria furcata (Metzgeria furcata)


Metzgeria furcata, the forked veilwort, is a frequent liverwort growing on the bark of a wide range of tree and shrub species and occasionally on rocks. It is a slim, translucent thallose liverwort forming yellow-green mats of branches about 1mm wide. Metzgeria furcata has a midrib which is clearly visible over the rest of the thallus (which is 1mm wide), which also extends to the tip of the thallus, although without an excurrent nerve. The defining characteristic is definitely the fact that the thalli and the midrib fork at the end, which is visible on most patches. The Forked Veilwort doesn't often make sporophytes, although on the underside of quite a few patches an inflorescence can be found.

Taxonomic tree

  • Domain: Eukarya

    • Kingdom: Plantae

      • Phylum: Marchantiophyta

        • Class: Jungermanniopsida

          • Order: Metzgeriales

            • Family: Metzgeriaceae

              • Genus: Metzgeria