Liverwort is easily identified by its sprawling, branched green lobes, which grow up to 10 centimetres long and 2 centimetres wide. It is usually green, although older plants can become brown or purple. The underside is covered by many root-like growths that attach the plant to the soil. The female parts of the plant are stalks with star-like tops, and the male parts are topped by flattened discs.
The liverwort grows on damp soils in various habitats, including riverbanks, woodland rides and shady garden paths. It can be found in most of Europe.