Sunday, August 17, 2008

Random plant event: return of the liverworts

Another picture of "blooming" liverworts, but this time it's the boys' turn. The earlier post was a picture of the female gametophytes, which look like tiny little palm trees; these are the males. Which also look like tiny little trees, but it's harder to see them as any particular type of tree. They're more like a little kid's drawing of a tree: trunk plus round bumpy thing on top.

(I recommend opening the picture in a new window.)

I know my sympathies are actually supposed to lie with the perennials, the pots' rightful owners. And maybe they would be, if the perennials were taking better care of themselves. I mean, I know it's kind of my job to take care of them, but . . . well, with some of them, I get the feeling that they're not interested in meeting me halfway, even. The liverworts, at least, are always green, pretty much take care of themselves, don't mind being overwatered, and use the space that the perennials don't want. What's not to love?

I don't know if it'd be possible to try to grow some indoors or not: maybe in a terrarium? My last terrarium attempt (with tropical plants) didn't work so well. Light and air circulation might be important. And maybe they have to have a winter dormancy? I suppose I won't know unless I try. I'll see what I can do.


Barbee' said...

They are attractive, and I don't think I had ever seen them before. I saw your title and I thought: I know lungwort and spleenwort, what does a liverwort look like?

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