Friday, March 28. 2008
I photographed these tiny little umbrellas on March 3rd, but I'm just getting around to posting them. They are about 1/4" in diameter and maybe an inch to an inch and a half high. If you know what they are, I'd really like to hear about it. I think this one may be challenging.
OK, not so challenging. Cindy B. and Rick H. have both correctly ID'd them as the fruiting bodies (sporophytes) of liverworts. Phillip R. tells me they are Asterella. I looked them up and it appears they are Asterella californica. So now I guess we have at least two different liverworts growing in our yard. (See here.)
Here's a closer view:
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