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Lophocolea heteropylla

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 30 March 2013 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Lophocolea heteropylla (NL: Gedrongen kantmos / EN: Variable-leaved Crestwort / DE: Verschiedenblättriges Kammkelchmoos / FR: Lophocolea heterophylla) is a delicate, translucent, pale green leafy liverwort with bilobed leaves low down the stem, grading into slightly notched or entire leaves towards the tip of the shoot. The underleaves are also bilobed, with an additional lateral tooth on each side. Shoots are 1–3 mm wide, with leaves less than 1.5 mm wide and long. It is strongly aromatic and often fertile, with sack-like male bracts below the toothed perianth. L. heterophylla sometimes has gemmae on the margins of the leaves and bracts. in this image you can see the capsules with the spores in it.

Image: Wijnegem (Be) - 18/03/2013

Canon EOS 7D 1/640 second F/3.5 ISO 200 150 mm

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30 Mar 2013 4:07pm

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30 Mar 2013 6:05pm

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very nice!
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30 Mar 2013 7:28pm

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

very nice

9 Apr 2013 5:11am

Canon EOS 7D
1/640 second
ISO 200
150 mm