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Choose one of the links above for a list of plant-related websites about that category. Selected websites include only non-commercial, free-access sites that do not require passwords. The links provided have all been checked as of April 18, 2008, but visitors should note that most large websites have a regular downtime for editing and uploading more information. Often, this downtime occurs on the weekends, especially Sunday night (students take note!). If you find a link that doesn't work, try that site again at a different time or on a different day; if it still does not work, please report the problematic link to the NOPD.Bryophytes
A database of moss species from the Missouri Botanical Garden, including a searchable database that provides nomenclatural information for each species and a Bryological Glossary.
Bryophyte Flora of Manitoba
A checklist of the mosses, liverworts, and hornworts found in Manitoba, with links to other bryophyte sites.
Bryophyte Flora of North America (BFNA)
When complete, this comprehensive online resource will be included as Volumes 27-29 of the Flora of North America. Currently, only Volume 27 (including Sphagnum and acrocarpous mosses) has been published, but the remaining volumes are in preparation. Click on this link for an index to family treatment of Volume 27. On the BFNA website, however, these volumes are numbered 1- 3 and many family treatments that are in preparation are available at this Summary of the Treatments link, including illustrations. The format is similar to the Flora of North America volumes on vascular plants, but what make this bryophyte flora shine over any other flora I've seen are the exquisite illustrations by botanist Patricia M. Eckel. If you have an interest in botanical illustrations and even a rudimentary knowledge of bryophytes, you will be in awe browsing through this volume.
Bryophyte of the Month
A webpage of stunning images of British bryophytes from the comprehensive website British Bryological Society. View previous images from the list along the left side of the webpage.
Bryophytes of North America
A gallery of very nice bryophyte images, by Michael Simpson.
Bryophytes of Stanley Park
A website on the bryophytes of Stanley Park, Vancouver Island, B.C., produced by the combined efforts of the Botany 505 Field Course at the University of British Columbia.
Bryophytes - Mosses, Liverworts & Hornworts
Southern Illinois University-Carbondale is very well known for their work in bryology. Click on the Bryophyte Images link along the left side of the webpage to access the species images. If you're new to the study of bryophytes, read this article on Bryophytes describing the basic traits that define this group.
Conocephalum in Britain and Ireland: A BBS mini-survey
An article by the British Bryological Society discussing the differences between the thalloid liverworts: Conocephalum conicum and the newly described Holarctic species Conocephalum salebrosum. Contains a link to a .pdf file of the original journal article: Szweykowski, J., K. Buczkowska, and I.J. Odrzykowski. 2005. Conocephalum salebrosum (Marchantiopsida, Conocephalaceae) - a new Holarctic liverwort species. Plant Systematics and Evolution 253: 133 158.
Quelques Bryophytes des Pyrénées Orientales (Some Bryophytes of the Western Pyrenees)
An extremely useful website for moss and liverwort enthusiasts compiled by Josette Argaud; part of her larger website, Herbier Virtuel des Pyrénées Orientales. Click on the Bryophytes link in the left-hand column, then choose Diaporama des scans for thumbnails of the featured moss species. The name of each species is revealed when mousing over the thumbnails.
A partially trilingual website (German, English, and French) from Michael Becker on mosses and leafy liverworts of Germany. Once in the English version, the list of species includes 23 descriptions written in English (in bold text) and 46 descriptions in German, designated by the abbreviation (de) after the name. This link brings you to the English Index of species. Regardless of your language skills, the images are useful for species that are common to Germany and Ontario.
Mosses and Liverworts in Wales
A very attractive website on the bryophytes of Wales; many of the species also occur in Ontario. This website, constructed by Alan Hale, including species descriptions and image, plus micrographs illustrating the reproductive organs (archegonia and antheridia) of a moss and images of various types of capsules.
Mosses of Commanster, Belgium
A website with excellent habitat and closeup images of Belgian mosses, part of the Ecology of Commanster website by Jim Lindsey. Plants are organized according to scientific name, but common names are provided in English, French, Dutch, and German.
Ohio University Bryophyte Page
A very useful collection of webpages on Ohio bryophytes, created by Morgan Vis and Emily Miller, Ohio University. Webpages includes known historical uses for each species. Most of the species are also found in northern Ontario.
Picture Gallery of Bryophytes: UBC Biology 321 Course
The course website from Biology 321 (Structure and Evolution of the Bryophyta) at the University of British Columbia; includes field and microscopic images of various bryophyte species.
The World of Mosses
A website on Ontario mosses by Walter Muma, showcasing the wonderful illustrations of his late father, Robert Muma. This link shows an illustration of the various parts of a moss sporophyte and gametophyte.
A website on Wisconsin bryophytes (mosses, liverworts, hornworts) from the Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium, University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point. Access the species entries, which include synonymy and images, through this alphabetical List of Genera.