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Snake liverwort

Conocephalum conicum

Description:

This plant was slippery, bumpy and oddly shaped. It was entangled in other plants, whose fiddleheads and leaves can be seen peeping through, and surrounded by slime mold and crustose lichens.

Habitat:

Grows on a shale ledge across from a waterfall, a perpetually misty area in Watkins Glen State Park.

Notes:

I can certainly see where this plant gets its common name. Besides its interesting texture, it is the largest thalloid liverwort. This plant is also reported to have a pleasant aroma, but I couldn’t detect it in the heavy rainfall.

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2 Comments

mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah a week ago

Yes! Thank you, Tukup!

Tukup
Tukup a week ago

Snake liverwort, other plant-life, slime mold, crustose lichens. Don't you just love those multiple-organism pictures. Thanks for sharing these shots Mauna.

New York, USA

Lat: 42.37, Long: -76.89

Spotted on Apr 26, 2019
Submitted on May 11, 2019

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