Diplophyllum albicans

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Identification notes

In hilly areas with base-poor acid soils, D. albicans is one of the commonest leafy liverworts. Oddly for such a distinctive-looking liverwort, it is quite variable in size, colour and growth form. Therefore, even seasoned bryologists frequently pick it up, thinking it is something more interesting, only to return it in frustration after a quick look with a hand-lens. Plants are often seen without gemmae, but sometimes they smother the shoot tips like pale green dust and once again ‘look different’. You have been warned!

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Distribution in Great Britain and Ireland

View distribution from the BBS Atlas 2014

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