The Anthocerotophyta or Anthocerophyta are more commonly known as the hornworts. These are thought to be one of the oldest extant groups of land plants. Hornworts consist of a flattened thallus with the gametangia produced along the midline of the thallus, each thallus able to produce several sporophytes.
The hornworts are an unusual group of plants of which many people are unaware and are so named because of their curious reproductive structures.
Phylogenetic tree for the Hornworts from the Tree of Life Web Project and a photograph of a species of Phaeoceros.
The Hidden Forest: Hornworts
An introduction to the Anthocerotopsida outlining their unique features and methods of reproduction with several photographs of Anthoceros species.
Provides a classification of the hornworts at the rank of genus and above.
Return of the Hornworts
Article by Anna Levin describing how a walk across a muddy field inspired the bryologist David Long to consider how changing agricultural practices were affecting Bryophytes on arable land.
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