Blasia pusilla

Blasia pusilla is a funny looking liverwort. It is a simple thalloid, meaning it is rarely more than a few cells thick, but unlike other simple thalloids, which often remain appressed against the substrate, Blasia pusilla has lobes that often assume an ascending posture, growing away from the substrate.

This species is found commonly on soil of roadsides and stream banks of Albert, Carleton, Charlotte, Gloucester, Madawaska, Queens, Restigouche, Sunbury, Victoria, Westmorland, and York counties. It is not particularly common but is also not rare. It is probably under-collected relative to its representation in herbaria. There are 37 total records, with 25 at NBM and others at CANM, FH, NY, NYS, and YU.

Species Name:

Blasia pusilla

Species Authority: L.
Total Records held: 37
Total Records held at NBM: 25
Bibliography: Clay and Richards (1996) Schuster (1969)