Sometimes every little detail seems so important. The shape of the leaflet on this Plagiochila versus the leaflet on that Plagiochila. The dark color of one species versus the paleness of another. The more subtle the differences you are willing to look for, the more interesting things there are to see. If you are fascinated with bryophytes, you could just plop yourself down and slowly move your way through the rocks, trunks, branches, fallen branches, leaves of other plants, twigs […]
This type of liverwort has always been my favorite. Over the years I have seen a few that look similar, but have subtle differences. I don’t know if these are different species or just one variable species. I don’t even know if this is a fancy thallose liverwort, or a simple leafy one. I’m guessing it is the former, but that is a guess. This particular one is from Mindo. If anyone knows please write to me.
Plagiochila is a widespread genus of liverwort. In cultivation some are very easy to grow while others are very challenging. This particular one has been quite vigorous and easy, and in fact has grown in some unexpected ways. Many Plagiochilas will grow submerged. I like to maintain at least a container of the various ones this way as it requires less vigilance and maintenance. In this particular species from Peru, many submerged pieces started to break the water surface putting out narrow growths […]
Some of the best and lowest growing carpets of bryophytes require a blend of bright lights, damp substrate, and high humidity. Many times the overall humidity in our terrariums are too high, resulting in the bryophytes willingness to leave the safety of the substrate and venture up into open spaces. The result isn’t always that attractive. In the first photo is the liverwort Riccardia just starting to establish itself on some damp sphagnum. The nice branching of this species and […]