Have you ever had the experience where you just look at something and you know in an instant what it is? (That’s the premise for the book Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcom Gladwell.) I had that experience in the gorge last week when I found something green growing alongside the creek.
A part of my mind said instantly, “Liverwort.” Another part of my mind said, “What are you talking about? You don’t even know what a liverwort is. Stop trying to be so knowledgeable!” I took lots of pictures and asked my good friends at ID Please on Flickr. Guess what? It’s liverwort. Snake Liverwort. Conocephalum conicum.
There are two main categories of liverworts – thalloid and leafy. Snake is the largest in the first category.
I guess I must have learned about liverworts in that same biology class when I learned that there are 2 kingdoms of living things… It was still stuck back there in the gray matter somewhere and <BLINK> – suddenly it emerged, though I hadn’t needed that information for decades.
Aren’t brains amazing things?
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