A new atlas of British and Irish bryophytes is published this month. Bryophytes is the collective term for mosses, hornworts and liverworts, spore-producing, rather than seed-producing, plants without flowers. The British Isles support a rich and geographically diverse flora of bryophytes with more than 1000 native species (four hornworts, 298 liverworts and 767 mosses) currently known. Fifty-nine new species have been discovered in the last 20 years.

See our news story for more information about the atlas but we're taking the opportunity to highlight some great images below of some of the species it features.

 Frullania dilatata, a species of liverwort. Photo by Jonathan Sleath.Cryphaea heteromalla. Photo by Jonathan SleathDistribution map of Ulota phyllanthaCololejeunea minutissima. Photo by Jonathan SleathPhilonotis fontana. Photo by Jonathan SleathAulacomnium androgynum. Photo by Jonathan Sleath


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Full reference: Blockeel, T L, Bosanquet, S D S, Hill, M O and Preston, C D (2014). Atlas of British & Irish Bryophytes. Pisces Publications, Newbury.

The atlas can be ordered via all good bookshops or purchased directly from Nature Bureau