Bryophytes are the mosses, liverworts and hornworts. And yes, just as you are thinking, they are not generally considered to be "Vascular Plants." They are usually smaller plants that reproduce by means of spores, but unlike ferns they have a dominant gametophyte generation. Bryophytes are beautiful when viewed under a microscope. The Bryophyte flora of the Gila National Forest is plentiful and diverse. As we photograph and identify more of them, we will add them here. These ID's should be taken as tentative until we develop a better knowledge base and ability to work through the moss keys. I would like to give a special thanks to the encouragement and help I have received from Dr. William Norris and Dr. Kelly Allred. I'd still be back at square one without them! The photomicrographs have been created using a stacking program (Helicon Focus 5.1) unless otherwise noted.