Liverwort – Like a Space Alien

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Asterella drummondii, a Liverwort that looks like a sci fi alien
Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Marchantiophyta
Class: Marchantiopsida
Order: Marchantiales
Family: Aytoniaceae
Dry-looking specimens: Montacute Conservation Park – November 15th, 2014 – mild to warm, overcast conditions
Wet-looking “Green Brain” specimens: Morialta – September, 2013 – wet conditions

http://bie.ala.org.au/species/urn:lsid:biodiversity.org.au:apni.taxon:466784

http://www.cpbr.gov.au/cpbr/summer-scholarship/2002-projects/medek-danielle-report.html

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3 thoughts on “Liverwort – Like a Space Alien”

    1. Thanks very much, Karin – When I first photographed this species in wet conditions in 2013, I was so surprised – When I zoomed in on the image on the screen on the back of my Canon Eos 450D, I saw what looked for all the world like an Alien Brain monster from a horror movie – A family was doing a fast bushwalk coming towards me up the steep path at Morialta Conservation Park, and when I pointed it out to them, the two children were very surprised too – All The Best – M.

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