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Bazzania trilobata (L.) Gray

Synonym
  • Bazzania tridentoides W.E. Nicholson
Vernacular Name
Greater Whipwort
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Conservation status
No status defined
Value of species
Remarks
Detail
The gametophyte is a vivid deep-green color, relatively large in size, with forked branching (looks just like a ‘Y’). Unlike most leafy liverworts, Bazzania trilobata has an incubous leaf arrangement. In this arrangement the three-lobed, or three-dentate, leaves of Bazzania trilobata are found in two rows (with a much smaller underleaf having 4-5 lobes), but the edge of the leaf closest to the tip of the branch overlaps the base of the next leaf. When one is looking from the stem toward the tip of the gametophyte you see the illusion of shingles on a roof. Most liverworts are succubous; the base overlaps the leaf behind it, giving the opposite effect. Small root like branchlets can be seen from the underside of the stem. Also unlike other liverworts, the leaves of Bazzania trilobata do not lie flat. Instead, the asymmetrical leaves drape down each side of the stem giving a much more three-dimensional appearance to the stem and leaves.
Book reference
  • Позинич І. C.,Савицька А. Г. Особливості флори судинних і мохоподібних рослин ландшафтного заказника “Ґрофа” (Українські Карпати, масив Ґорґани) // Вісник Дніпропетровського університету. Біологія. Екологія. – 2010. – Вип.18, т.2. – С.69-75.
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Experts
  • Anastasiia SAVYTSKA, e-mail: asavitska@gmail.com

Taxonomic branch

Biota
Eukaryota
Plantae
Viridiplantae
Marchantiophyta
Jungermanniopsida_unranked_taxon
Jungermanniopsida
Jungermanniales
Lepidoziaceae