What are bryophytes?

The bryophytes are the second largest group of land plants in Europe.

Bryophytes are an important component of the vegetation throughout Europe. This group, consisting of hornworts, liverworts and mosses, comprises nearly 2,000 species in Europe, which represents around 10% of the bryophytes species of the world.

 

HORNWORT THALLOID LIVERWORT LEAFY LIVERWORT

Anthoceros agrestis

© T. Hallingbäck

Mannia fragrans

© B. Papp

Jungermannia leiantha

© B. Papp

MOSS MOSS  MOSS

Bryum pseudotriquetrum

© B. Papp

Bryum algovicum

© B. Papp

Sphagnum pulchrum (brown) and Sphagnum magellanicum (red)

© R. Thompson