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Lunularia cruciata

A thallose liverwort

Lunularia cruciata (the sole species of the genus) is a complex thallose liverwort. The vegetative plant (or thallus) consists of thickish, green lobes and is therefore very similar to that of the genus Marchantia. However, Lunularia produces disc-like gemmae (vegetative propagules) in crescent-shaped gemma cups but in species of Marchantia the gemma cups are circular. In this photo (http://www.cpbr.gov.au/bryophyte/photos-captions/lunularia-cruciata-42.html) you see some crescent-shaped gemma cups holding small green gemmae (and also a few scattered gemmae that have been washed out of gemma cups). That photo shows a male plant and as well as the gemma cups you also see a few pads with the somewhat milky sperm suspension. On a female Lunularia thallus you may see small white buttons (http://www.cpbr.gov.au/bryophyte/photos-captions/lunularia-cruciata-118.html), from which the spore-bearing structures develop. Here (http://www.cpbr.gov.au/bryophyte/photos-captions/lunularia-cruciata-43.html) you see such a structure just breaking out from one of those buttons and here (http://www.cpbr.gov.au/bryophyte/photos-captions/lunularia-cruciata-121.html) you see a number of mature examples. The black balls at the ends of the apical cross-arms are the spore capsules.            

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Lunularia cruciata (A thallose liverwort) at Cooma, NSW - 28 Jul 2022 by mahargiani Lunularia cruciata (A thallose liverwort) at Captains Flat, NSW - 16 Jul 2022 by trevorpreston Lunularia cruciata (A thallose liverwort) at Coree, ACT - 15 Jul 2022 by trevorpreston Lunularia cruciata (A thallose liverwort) at Kowen, ACT - 12 Jul 2022 by trevorpreston Lunularia cruciata (A thallose liverwort) at Cooma, NSW - 6 Jul 2022 by mahargiani Lunularia cruciata (A thallose liverwort) at Kowen, ACT - 6 Jul 2022 by Steve_Bok Lunularia cruciata (A thallose liverwort) at O'Connor, ACT - 21 Jun 2022 by trevorpreston Lunularia cruciata (A thallose liverwort) at Watson, ACT - 4 Jun 2022 by abread111 Lunularia cruciata (A thallose liverwort) at Karabar, NSW - 1 May 2022 by Steve_Bok Lunularia cruciata (A thallose liverwort) at Yarrangobilly, NSW - 31 Mar 2022 by mahargiani Lunularia cruciata (A thallose liverwort) at Mount Fairy, NSW - 29 Mar 2022 by Steve_Bok Lunularia cruciata (A thallose liverwort) at Cotter River, ACT - 13 Mar 2022 by JaneR Lunularia cruciata (A thallose liverwort) at Paddys River, ACT - 13 Feb 2022 by tpreston Lunularia cruciata (A thallose liverwort) at Cotter River, ACT - 3 Feb 2022 by JaneR Lunularia cruciata (A thallose liverwort) at Bruce, ACT - 15 Oct 2021 by JanetRussell Lunularia cruciata (A thallose liverwort) at Tennent, ACT - 2 Oct 2021 by Tapirlord Lunularia cruciata (A thallose liverwort) at Yarralumla, ACT - 21 Sep 2021 by JaneR Lunularia cruciata (A thallose liverwort) at Yarralumla, ACT - 21 Sep 2021 by JaneR Lunularia cruciata (A thallose liverwort) at Majura, ACT - 31 Aug 2021 by JaneR Lunularia cruciata (A thallose liverwort) at Majura, ACT - 31 Aug 2021 by JaneR Lunularia cruciata (A thallose liverwort) at Majura, ACT - 17 Aug 2021 by JaneR Lunularia cruciata (A thallose liverwort) at Hackett, ACT - 6 Aug 2021 by JaneR Lunularia cruciata (A thallose liverwort) at Downer, ACT - 3 Aug 2021 by tpreston Lunularia cruciata (A thallose liverwort) at Acton, ACT - 3 Aug 2021 by tpreston Lunularia cruciata (A thallose liverwort) at Acton, ACT - 3 Aug 2021 by Tapirlord Lunularia cruciata (A thallose liverwort) at Lyneham, ACT - 19 Jul 2021 by Tapirlord Lunularia cruciata (A thallose liverwort) at Burra, NSW - 14 Jun 2021 by Ned_Johnston Lunularia cruciata (A thallose liverwort) at Kowen, ACT - 13 Jun 2021 by JaneR Lunularia cruciata (A thallose liverwort) at Coree, ACT - 1 May 2021 by tpreston Lunularia cruciata (A thallose liverwort) at Acton, ACT - 29 Jul 2020 by RWPurdie Lunularia cruciata (A thallose liverwort) at Acton, ACT - 20 Jul 2020 by RWPurdie Lunularia cruciata (A thallose liverwort) at Kowen, ACT - 8 Jun 2020 by JaneR Lunularia cruciata (A thallose liverwort) at Paddys River, ACT - 1 Jun 2020 by tpreston Lunularia cruciata (A thallose liverwort) at Kowen, ACT - 27 May 2020 by JaneR Lunularia cruciata (A thallose liverwort) at Kowen, ACT - 20 Mar 2020 by JaneR Lunularia cruciata (A thallose liverwort) at Conder, ACT - 18 Mar 2020 by michaelb Lunularia cruciata (A thallose liverwort) at Conder, ACT - 18 Mar 2020 by michaelb Lunularia cruciata (A thallose liverwort) at Point 5438 - 20 Jun 2018 by RWPurdie Lunularia cruciata (A thallose liverwort) at Molonglo Valley, ACT - 2 Aug 2017 by michaelb Lunularia cruciata (A thallose liverwort) at Bolaro, NSW - 14 Apr 2017 by DavidMcKay Lunularia cruciata (A thallose liverwort) at Fadden, ACT - 5 Oct 2016 by RyuCallaway Lunularia cruciata (A thallose liverwort) at Kowen, ACT - 17 Sep 2016 by KenT Lunularia cruciata (A thallose liverwort) at - 23 Aug 2016 by Mike Lunularia cruciata (A thallose liverwort) at - 4 May 2014 by Mike
Lunularia cruciata (A thallose liverwort) at Cooma, NSW - 28 Jul 2022 by mahargiani
Lunularia cruciata (A thallose liverwort) at Captains Flat, NSW - 16 Jul 2022 by trevorpreston
Lunularia cruciata (A thallose liverwort) at Coree, ACT - 15 Jul 2022 by trevorpreston
Lunularia cruciata (A thallose liverwort) at Kowen, ACT - 12 Jul 2022 by trevorpreston
Lunularia cruciata (A thallose liverwort) at Cooma, NSW - 6 Jul 2022 by mahargiani
Lunularia cruciata (A thallose liverwort) at Kowen, ACT - 6 Jul 2022 by Steve_Bok
Lunularia cruciata (A thallose liverwort) at O'Connor, ACT - 21 Jun 2022 by trevorpreston
Lunularia cruciata (A thallose liverwort) at Watson, ACT - 4 Jun 2022 by abread111
Lunularia cruciata (A thallose liverwort) at Karabar, NSW - 1 May 2022 by Steve_Bok
Lunularia cruciata (A thallose liverwort) at Yarrangobilly, NSW - 31 Mar 2022 by mahargiani
Lunularia cruciata (A thallose liverwort) at Mount Fairy, NSW - 29 Mar 2022 by Steve_Bok
Lunularia cruciata (A thallose liverwort) at Cotter River, ACT - 13 Mar 2022 by JaneR
Lunularia cruciata (A thallose liverwort) at Paddys River, ACT - 13 Feb 2022 by tpreston
Lunularia cruciata (A thallose liverwort) at Cotter River, ACT - 3 Feb 2022 by JaneR
Lunularia cruciata (A thallose liverwort) at Bruce, ACT - 15 Oct 2021 by JanetRussell
Lunularia cruciata (A thallose liverwort) at Tennent, ACT - 2 Oct 2021 by Tapirlord
Lunularia cruciata (A thallose liverwort) at Yarralumla, ACT - 21 Sep 2021 by JaneR
Lunularia cruciata (A thallose liverwort) at Yarralumla, ACT - 21 Sep 2021 by JaneR
Lunularia cruciata (A thallose liverwort) at Majura, ACT - 31 Aug 2021 by JaneR
Lunularia cruciata (A thallose liverwort) at Majura, ACT - 31 Aug 2021 by JaneR
Lunularia cruciata (A thallose liverwort) at Majura, ACT - 17 Aug 2021 by JaneR
Lunularia cruciata (A thallose liverwort) at Hackett, ACT - 6 Aug 2021 by JaneR
Lunularia cruciata (A thallose liverwort) at Downer, ACT - 3 Aug 2021 by tpreston
Lunularia cruciata (A thallose liverwort) at Acton, ACT - 3 Aug 2021 by tpreston
Lunularia cruciata (A thallose liverwort) at Acton, ACT - 3 Aug 2021 by Tapirlord
Lunularia cruciata (A thallose liverwort) at Lyneham, ACT - 19 Jul 2021 by Tapirlord
Lunularia cruciata (A thallose liverwort) at Burra, NSW - 14 Jun 2021 by Ned_Johnston
Lunularia cruciata (A thallose liverwort) at Kowen, ACT - 13 Jun 2021 by JaneR
Lunularia cruciata (A thallose liverwort) at Coree, ACT - 1 May 2021 by tpreston
Lunularia cruciata (A thallose liverwort) at Acton, ACT - 29 Jul 2020 by RWPurdie
Lunularia cruciata (A thallose liverwort) at Acton, ACT - 20 Jul 2020 by RWPurdie
Lunularia cruciata (A thallose liverwort) at Kowen, ACT - 8 Jun 2020 by JaneR
Lunularia cruciata (A thallose liverwort) at Paddys River, ACT - 1 Jun 2020 by tpreston
Lunularia cruciata (A thallose liverwort) at Kowen, ACT - 27 May 2020 by JaneR
Lunularia cruciata (A thallose liverwort) at Kowen, ACT - 20 Mar 2020 by JaneR
Lunularia cruciata (A thallose liverwort) at Conder, ACT - 18 Mar 2020 by michaelb
Lunularia cruciata (A thallose liverwort) at Conder, ACT - 18 Mar 2020 by michaelb
Lunularia cruciata (A thallose liverwort) at Point 5438 - 20 Jun 2018 by RWPurdie
Lunularia cruciata (A thallose liverwort) at Molonglo Valley, ACT - 2 Aug 2017 by michaelb
Lunularia cruciata (A thallose liverwort) at Bolaro, NSW - 14 Apr 2017 by DavidMcKay
Lunularia cruciata (A thallose liverwort) at Fadden, ACT - 5 Oct 2016 by RyuCallaway
Lunularia cruciata (A thallose liverwort) at Kowen, ACT - 17 Sep 2016 by KenT
Lunularia cruciata (A thallose liverwort) at - 23 Aug 2016 by Mike
Lunularia cruciata (A thallose liverwort) at - 4 May 2014 by Mike
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