The liverwort genera (Bryophyta: Hepaticae and Anthocerotae) of Britain and Ireland
Gametophyte. Plants thalloid, not leafy (thallus grey- to yellowish-green). Anacrogynous (borne on dwarf branches on the ventral side of the midrib). Rhizoids of one kind, all smooth.
The cells of the gametophyte with numerous small chloroplasts. The chloroplast-containing cells without oil bodies (unless they are very inconspicuous?). The thallus irregularly pinnately branching; very hairy both dorsally and ventrally; with a conspicuous median conducting strand. Gemmae absent.
The plants dioecious.
The archegonia and sporophytes without a pseudoperianth.
Sporophyte. The sporophyte elevated by elongation of the seta, with no intercalary meristem. The capsule probably dehiscing by four valves (? - cf. Metzgeria). Elaters present; unispirally thickened; persistent on elaterophores. The elaterophores basal.
British representation. 1 species (A. pubescens); England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland.
Classification. Class/Division Hepaticae. Subclass/Class Jungermanniidae. Order Metzgeriales. Family Metzgeriaceae.
Illustrations. • A. pubescens (as Metzgeria): Jameson, in Macvicar (1926). • A. pubescens (as Metzgeria): Pearson fig. CCV (1902). • A. pubescens (as Metzgeria): Pearson fig. CCV legend.
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Cite this publication as: ‘Watson, L., and Dallwitz, M.J. 2005 onwards. The liverwort genera (Bryophyta: Hepaticae and Anthocerotae) of Britain and Ireland. Version: 24th February 2016. delta-intkey.com’.