Overleaf pellia is a medium-sized liverwort with a ribbon-like stalk and a strip-like head. The dark green- and red-tinged flat shoots grow tightly against the ground. Its spore sacs are numerous.
It thrives on damp ground in creeks and beaches, but also grows in ditches and on the edges of forest roads. Its range covers Europe, North Africa, North America and parts of Asia.
The species can easily be confused with the ring pellia (Pellia neesia). Since antiquity, it has been thought that liverwort could be used to treat liver problems.
Overleaf pellia can appear as large patches in suitable growth sites such as brook banks. The nutrition, protection and coolness of their lush vegetation attracts mammals as well. The aim of proper forest management is to protect and support these key biotopes in a way that preserves the vitality of the biota.
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