Liverwort sporophytes are very soft-bodied and short-lived. They kind of looked like glass flowers!
These sporophytes are diploid, and when mature, the black, ball-shaped, immature capsules rapidly grow to thin, thread-like, white stalks. The capsules then open via four vertical sits to expose and disperse the spores within. One really cool feature is that they stalks elongate quickly, but not through cell division. They grow longer by all the cells in the stalk expanding and elongating by increasing the liquid inside of their cells, which is why the stalks are clear. They are stretched super thin. Pretty amazing!
Habitat: Growing in moss on rotting stumps and logs in a mixed, but mostly coniferous forest.
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