This "Common liverwort" (Marchantia polymorpha) is a large liverwort with a wide distribution around the world. The plants produce umbrella-like reproductive structures known as gametophores. The gametophores of female plants consist of a stalk with star-like rays at the top. Male gametophores are topped by a flattened disc. So this is an (old) female gametophore. It is about 1 cm tall. It took me 15 minutes to get the angle and the bronze color right... It is taken with the 150mm macro + 2x extender.
Wijnegem (Belgium) - 09/02/2010
© Johan Dierckx
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