Structurally liverworts are the simplest group of plants lacking both stomata and specialized cells for food and water transport. The gametphyte is the dominant stage, the sporophyte being totally dependent on the gametophyte nutritionally. Free water is necessary for fertilization.
Know to Genus
Be familiar with all structures seen in lab, and be able to answer questions about them demonstrating an understanding of its life cycle.
View of dichotomous branching
Cross-section of thallus (living)
Cross section of thallus through air pore (prep. slide)
Antheridia & Antheridiophores
Archegonia & Archegoniophores
Archegoniophores - detail
Archegoniophore and archegonium
Archegoniophore with attached sporophytes