Hepaticae

plural noun
He·​pat·​i·​cae | \ |əˌsē \

Definition of Hepaticae

: a class of Bryophyta comprising the liverworts and being distinguished from Musci by the presence of a usually thalloid gametophyte that is not produced from a protonema, unicellular rhizoids and elaters, and antheridia and archegonia that are borne on the thallus and produce a short-lived and simple sporophyte — compare anthocerotales , jungermanniales , marchantiales , sphaerocarpales

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History and Etymology for Hepaticae

New Latin, from Medieval Latin hepaticae, plural of hepatica liverwort

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“Hepaticae.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Hepaticae. Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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