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Riccia sp.

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(Riccia)

FAMILY

Ricciaceae

Species

Riccia sp.

Common name

Riccia

Flower colour; life form

Green; thallose liverwort

Campus

Townsville

Description

This thallose liverwort (a bryophyte) is commonly seen growing in bare patches in lawns during the wet season. Each plant forms a more or less circular patch flat on the ground. The thallus or plant body, branches dichotomously so that each arm forms two branches which are ribbon-like. Hair-like rhizoids are present on the lower surface. Male and female reproductive organs are embedded in the tissue.