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    Tough Leaves Growing on Moss in Red Bug Pot?

    I have two pots of Red Bugs, and they've always had this mossy stuff growing on top of the soil, which I think is nice. But the other day when peepin' my plants, I saw these leaves. I tried picking one up to see the underside, but it's like they're attached to the moss. Or maybe the moss is attached to it. I got a chunk off (maybe not a good idea?), and it almost seems like a fabric-y plant. What in the world is this?











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    I believe it is a liverwort.

    Phylum: Hepatophyta (Liverworts)
    live Marchantia (a liverwort).

    Last edited by chezilla; 10-21-2009 at 04:05 PM. Reason: pic added

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    Quote Originally Posted by chezilla View Post
    I believe it is a liverwort.

    Phylum: Hepatophyta (Liverworts)
    live Marchantia (a liverwort).

    Heck! What's that mean for me? Should I worry? Should I get rid of them? Am I lucky?
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    They are not a problem. Yes you are very lucky . As liverworts are among my favorite.

    You will find them co-occuring with CPs in their native habitat. Chances are you just got some spores that germinated in your substrate to give you those liverworts.

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    Lucky you! I love the Hepatophytes too! Three cheers for the heteromorphic alterations of generations!
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