Plant ID forum: lichen like plant???

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dfraserolympus
Jun 4, 2016 1:19 PM CST
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This plant grows on the borders of the paths in my vegetable garden. i'd like to identify it and figure out how to get rid of it. it seems to associate with moss and spreads rapidly in moist compacted areas.
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JRsbugs
Jun 4, 2016 1:24 PM CST
Welcome!

It's a type of liverwort. Location might help to narrow it down. It tends to clump on compacted waterlogged soil.

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It's probably Marchantia polymorpha

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kniphofia
Jun 5, 2016 1:51 AM CST
Why would you want to get rid of it? Liverworts are perfectly harmless.
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plantladylin
Jun 5, 2016 11:57 AM CST
Yes, it looks just like Liverwort (Marchantia polymorpha)
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dfraserolympus
Jun 6, 2016 11:01 AM CST
as long as it doesn't spread beyond the interface of the path and the veggie beds, i'm not concerned, but i didn't want it spreading into the beds.

thanks for the ID.
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JRsbugs
Jun 6, 2016 11:42 AM CST
It can be a nuisance in the wrong place! It tends to make the soil more compacted and wet which isn't always a good thing, a mass of fine roots cling onto soil when you try to remove it. I've had it where I didn't want it, and I found it to be a nuisance.

Loosening the soil will help, covering it with composted leaves if you can get your hands on some should help, it's great for feeding the soil, worms eat it and keep the soil friable and clear of weeds.
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DaisyI
Jun 7, 2016 2:42 PM CST
I LOVE Liverworts. I transplant them to new places. Smiling
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