Liverwort – Like a Space Alien

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

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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