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Leucolej cells.jpg
leaf cells of Leucolejeunea xanthocarpa, showing oil bodies
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Marchantiophyta
Class: Jungermanniopsida
Order: Jungermanniales
Family: Lejeuneaceae
Cas.-Gil. [1]

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Lejeuneaceae is the largest family of liverworts. Most of its members are epiphytes found in the tropics, while others can be found in temperate regions.

The main characteristics of the family are that:

  1. The leaves are incubous.
  2. Amphigastrium is usually present, sometimes reduced.
  3. Leaves are divided into lobe and lobule.
  4. Archaegonium in a perianth.

Some large genera of the family are Lejeunea, Ceratolejeunea and Cheilolejeunea.


The Lejeuneaceae are the largest family of liverworts with more than 1600 species,[2] which equates to roughly 20% to 25% of all liverworts. These species are assigned to 94 genera.[3]

List of genera[edit]


  1. ^ Inkeri Ahonen, Jyrki Muona & Sinikka Piippo (2003). "Inferring the phylogeny of the Lejeuneaceae (Jungermanniopsida): a first appraisal of molecular data". The Bryologist 106 (2): 297–308. doi:10.1639/0007-2745(2003)106[0297:itpotl]2.0.co;2. JSTOR 3244664. 
  2. ^ Schuster, Rudolf M. (1980). The Hepaticae and Anthocerotae of North America (volume IV ed.). New York: Columbia University Press. p. 708. ISBN 0-231-04608-1. 
  3. ^ Crandall-Stotler, Barbara. & Stotler, Raymond E. "Morphology and classification of the Marchantiophyta". pages 62-63 in A. Jonathan Shaw & Bernard Goffinet (Eds.), Bryophyte Biology. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press:2000). ISBN 0-521-66097-1