This group contains all our photo galleries of plant life, belonging to the Taxonomic Class Jungermanniopsida which includes includes leafy and simple thalloid liverworts. The galleries of photos are sorted by their Taxonomic Genus and Species. Click on the photo to view the gallery contents.
An estimated 85% of liverwort species are contained in the class Jungermanniopsida representing an enormous amount of morphological, anatomical and ecological diversity. Plants that have leafy shoot systems are the most common growth form in this class. Of worldwide significance is the fact that New Zealand is home to an estimated five to ten percent of the world's liverwort species and over two-hundred of those species are endemic. In addition, over half of the liverwort families (48 out of 74) and a high proportion of genera are represented within the New Zealand botanical region. Liverworts and mosses are very effective rainfall interceptors and along along with mosses play a significant role in contributing to nutrient cycles, providing seed-beds for larger plants, and forming micro-habitats for insects and numerous microorganisms.