- any mosslike plant of the class Hepaticae, growing chiefly on damp ground, rocks, or on tree trunks and helping the decay of logs and the disintegration of rocks.
Origin of liverwort
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The capsule splits into four valves, something like a liverwort.Elements of Structural and Systematic Botany
Douglas Houghton Campbell
I also fancy the liverwort, which surrounds them, rather helps them than otherwise.
First of the blues comes the fuzzy-stemmed and fuzzy-budded hepatica, which is known also by the ugly name of "liverwort."Woodcraft
The structure of the stem though simple is more complicated than in any liverwort.
Among a number of other plants there turned up a new Liverwort.
- any bryophyte plant of the phylum Hepatophyta, growing in wet places and resembling green seaweeds or leafy mossesSee also scale moss
late Old English liferwyrt
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Word Origin and History for liverwort
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- Any of numerous small, green nonvascular plants of the division Marchantiophyta. Many liverworts reproduce asexually by means of gemmae. They also reproduce sexually, and their free-swimming sperm, produced in structures called antheridia, require liquid water, such as splashing raindrops, to reach the egg-producing archegonia. After fertilization, the small sporophyte grows directly on or in the gametophyte and is nourished by it. Liverworts are common in the tropics and often grow in moist soil, on damp rocks, and on tree trunks. Some liverworts have leafy bodies, while others have only a simple thallus. The name liverwort comes from the liverlike shape of the thalli of some species. See more at bryophyte.
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