Frullania nisquallensis

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Frullania nisquallensis: for more photos, see Sitka Nature Photo Gallery for Frullania nisquallensis
Frullania nisquallensis: Small golden to dark brown leafy liverwort found on tree trunks and less often on rock surfaces. Plants have tiny gladiator-helmet shaped lobe on the lower surface of leaves.

ID notes from BFNA treatment: has ovate dorsal lobes with acute to acuminate, deflexed apices, and ocelli absent, scattered, or forming a partial or broken median line.

In F. nisquallensis, the ventral leaf margins are entire and reflexed at or above the sinuses. By comparison, both F. franciscana and F. californica have the ventral leaf margins plane or nearly so.

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Other References

Worley's Map of Collection Records for Frullania tamarisci ssp nisquallensis

Ian Worley
[as Frullania tamarisci ssp nisquallensis]
Southeastern Alaska Distribution: Throughout.
Habitat: Bark of trees, especially Alnus and Picea, boulders, rock walls, from sea level to the subalpine, rarely the alpine. not generally in deep forests, usually at forest margins or in forest openings.
Comments: Occasionally with sporophytes. This subspecies is abundant and everywhere in the region.

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