|Class:||Plants (Plantae) - Liverworts (Marchantiophyta) - Liverworts (Marchantiopsida) - Mosses & Liverworts|
|Order:||Crescent Liverworts (Lunulariales)|
|Family:||Crescent Liverwort (Lunulariaceae) iNaturalist Observation|
|Species:||Crescent-cup Liverwort (Lunularia cruciata)|
Thank you Dr Guido Brusa for confirming the id of this species for us
General Species Information:
Found in the Adelaide Hills and possibly elsewhere
The Gemma here look like spores capsules in other life forms, with the cups looking like fruiting bodies.
However, the Gemma are actually parts of the plant that disperse (similarly to seed & spores) and take root. Instead of being wind blown, these are dispersed by raindrops hitting the cup.
The big difference is these are not produce sexually, but more a broken off part of the plant. Thinking of it as a plant that has suckered from roots. The new plant becomes independant of the original, but is a clone of the original.