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    National Scenic Riverways Missouri

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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?

thick stand of rivercane, which looks like bamboo.

Cane brakes are thick stands of rivercane, which is much like bamboo. The endangered Swainson's Warbler nests in these thickets. Many stands have been lost to reservoir impoundments throughout the South, but many stands are protected at Ozark National Scenic Riverways. More at www.nps.gov/ozar More...