Notoscyphus lutescens (Acrobolbaceae)

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The yellow (luteo meaning “pale yellow”) drinking vessel (“scyphus”) from the south (“noto”)?

This is a liverwort of rainforest and is also found in New Zealand and other tropical countries.

The leaves are somewhat greenish yellow and under a microscope, it is possible to see two huge fine-granular oil bodies within the cells, along with many smaller chloroplast cells.

The corners of the cell walls have thickening called trigones, which appear like triangles.

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These images were taken on a fieldtrip in 2012. Thanks a lot to David Meagher and Andi Cairns who graciously allowed me to tag along on their fieldtrips and drink of their great bryological wisdom.

About David Tng

I am David Tng, a hedonistic botanizer who pursues plants with a fervour. I chase the opportunity to delve into various aspects of the study of plants. I have spent untold hours staring at mosses and allied plants, taking picture of pollen, culturing orchids in clean cabinets, counting tree rings, monitoring plant flowering times, etc. I am currently engrossed in the study of plant ecology (a grand excuse to see 'anything I can). Sometimes I think of myself as a shadow taxonomist, a sentimental ecologist, and a spiritual environmentalist - but at the very root of it all, a "plant whisperer"!
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1 Response to Notoscyphus lutescens (Acrobolbaceae)

  1. Richard Portman says:

    What a beautiful plant. Also thanks for the translation . I’m gonna start paying more attention to the mosses around here. As far as i know, it is too dry for liverworts. Very interesting.

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