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  • Big Spring area will be closed Nov 8 & 9 and Dec 12 - 14

    The Big Spring area will be temporarily closed to ensure public safety during the Wounded Warrior managed hunt November 8-9 and the managed archery hunt December 12-14.

Mosses and Liverworts

Photo of mossy growth on rock

Copyright Ari Kornfeld

Mosses and liverworts are members of the Bryophytes, a primitive group of plants. While liverworts are seldom noticed by park visitors most appreciate the soft green glow mosses give to springs, seeps and rocky places. Liverworts grow in wet areas and usually very close to the ground. The appear as nearly flat green surfaces. Mosses often follow lichens as pioneers of bare rock surfaces, trapping soil and allowing other plants to grow in small niches.

Did You Know?

Water cascading through a shut in

"Shut Ins" are an Ozark term for small canyon-like areas where water and rock struggle. Ozark National Scenic Riverways' Rocky Falls is the best known in the park, but there are several more in less easily accessible areas such as near Klepzig Mill. More at www.nps.gov/ozar More...