|Liverwort means "liver-like small plant."|
Liverworts, because around 460 million years ago these strange leathery textured plants emerged as the probable link between green algae and terrestrial plants. Liverworts, having an affinity for moist habitats are still around today. Thank God for our Wild Neighbor liverworts!
|Lichens on a rock overlooking the Canyon.|
|At least two species of fungi work on decomposing a fallen tree.|
Each of these three groups played critical roles as life evolved into what it is today over the course of a long, long, long, long long...long time. Fungi and lichens are so easy to overlook; yet both are vital to the health of ecosystems near and far, wild and domestic.
All this is to say, as you and I celebrate the beauty of today and the gift of biodiversity, let us each take a moment to thank a lichen, a fungi, and a liverwort for the gifts they bring.
|My finger next to a liverwort for scale.|
Lichens of the North Woods. Joe Walewski. Kollath Stensaas Publishing; Duluth, MN, 2007.
Mushrooms of the Northeastern United States and Eastern Canada. Timothy J. Baroni. Timber Press Field Guide; Portland, OR, 2017.
Prehistoric Life: The Definitive Visual History of Life on Earth. Ina Stradins, Editor. DK Publishing; New York, NY, 2012.