Metzgeria pubescens

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Identification notes

There is rarely any doubt identifying this liverwort in the field. It is a plant of usually vertical limestone surfaces on low cliffs in sheltered woodland, often in association with Marchesinia mackaii. The mats of narrow lobed thalli with bifurcate branching are similar to other species in the genus, but the surfaces are densely felted and give a dry appearance unlike any other species. A hand lens will confirm an opaque thallus smothered in hairs.

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Distribution in Great Britain and Ireland

In area with hard basic rocks, mainly in the north and west. Absent from the chalklands of lowland England.

View distribution from the BBS Atlas 2014

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