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Bryophytes (Liverworts)

  1. Elizabeth A Brown

Published Online: 28 MAY 2003

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0003677



How to Cite

Brown, E. A. 2003. Bryophytes (Liverworts). eLS. .

Author Information

  1. Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 28 MAY 2003


The liverworts are a group of green land plants that diverged before the dominant land plants such as angiosperms and gymnosperms. Together with mosses and hornworts, liverworts differ from all other land plants in having a free living gametophyte (a plant with only one set of chromosomes) as the dominant generation.


  • liverworts;
  • mosses;
  • hornworts;
  • bryophytes;
  • early land plants;
  • gametophyte