Story: Liverworts and hornworts

Hornwort cells

Hornwort cells

The cells of hornworts are unlike those of other green plants. They contain only one or a few very large chloroplasts, which capture light for photosynthesis. These cells of Anthoceros are about 50 micrometres in diameter.

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Maggy Wassilieff, 'Liverworts and hornworts - Hornworts', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/10689/hornwort-cells (accessed 5 July 2020)

Story by Maggy Wassilieff, published 24 Sep 2007