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Monographic Studies
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Bryophytes
Mosses, Liverworts & Hornworts

"Bryophytes" is a resource devoted to Bryology, the branch of plant science concerned with the study of mosses, liverworts and hornworts. It provides information on the classification, structural features, natural history, ecology and evolutionary relationships of these plants. Although small in stature, bryophytes play significant roles in diverse terrestrial ecosystems. They are found growing on soil, rocks and/or trees throughout the world, from coastal Antarctica to the peat bogs of the Northern hemisphere, from the deserts of Australia to the rain forests of the Amazon. They are an essential part of this planet's biodiversity. Click on any of the topics listed to learn more about these fascinating organisms.

Latest Site Features

November, 2014

  • Second Installment of the Photo Gallery of Bryologists

  • Vitt, D. H., B. Crandall-Stotler & A. Wood.  2014.  Bryophytes: Survival in a dry world through tolerance and avoidance, pp. 267–295.  In: Rajakaruna, N., R. S. Boyd & T. B. Harris (eds.) Plant Ecology and Evolution in Harsh Enviroments.  Nova Science, New York.


  • September, 2014

  • Gradstein, S. R., B. Laenen, J.-P. Frahm, U. Schwarz, B. J. Crandall-Stotler, J. J. Engel, M. von Konrat, R. E. Stotler, B. Shaw & A. J. Shaw. 2014. Taxonomic status of the enigmatic Phycolepidoziaceae (Marchantiophyta: Jungermanniales) with description of a new species, Phycolepidozia indica. Taxon 63: 498-508.

  • Li, F.-W. et al. 2014. Horizontal transfer of an adaptive chimeric photoreceptor from bryophytes to ferns. PNAS 111: 6672-6677. [B. Crandall-Stotler is one of 35 authors on this paper; she contributed cultures of several of the hornworts used in the study.]

  • First Installment of the Photo Gallery of Bryologists