Flashcards in Liverworts Deck (8)
What is the phylum?
Why are some liverworts described as thalloid?
Because go the flattened shape of their gametophytes
How are some of the gametangia structured?
elevated on gametophores that look like mini trees
What does dorsiventral mean?
has two surfaces differing from each other in appearance and structure, as an ordinary leaf
What is a dichotomy
branching into two equal parts
How do liverworts display dichotomy?
Antheridia and archegonia both develop from one half of a dichotomy
What are the distinctive features of liverworts?
Oil bodies in the cytoplasm and antheridia break open irregularly with no distinct cap cell