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SEM of Snake Liverwort (Conocephalum conicum). This specimen was collected in the moist glens of the Finger Lake Region of New York State. Liverworts (class Hepaticae) are related to mosses. They grow in damp habitats and are found on the ground and moist rock surfaces. They have no true vascular tissue, but are attached to the ground by means of root-like rhizoids. Liverworts can reproduce vegetatively by fragmentation of the thallus or by producing specialized cell masses called gemmae. The central structures in this image are the reproduction organs. Magnification is 125x and represents a section of the plant 1 mm wide.
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