GenusConocephalum See All Search Site
Trade NamesSnakeskin Liverwort
Origin of TaxonWorldwide
A very attractive, thallose liverwort, which is highly variable in appearance based on growing conditions, and sometimes origin.
It is distributed worldwide, in some cases with cryptic subspecies and locally variant clones that have minor differences in appearance.
The size can be from small to very large, and the color can be very vivid green or a dull, dark green.
One distinctive feature of this genus is the squamous (scaly like a snake) texture of the thallous.
Conocephalum grows best when kept very wet and humid. It can even grow partially in water; in nature it is often found around streams and waterfalls, and boggy areas nearby.
Low to medium light is best.