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Common liverwort

Marchantia polymorpha

Description:
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.

Habitat:
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.

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