LIVERWORTS AND MOSSES FROM ROMANIA WITH MEDICINAL POTENTIAL

Mihai COSTICĂ 1*, Anisoara STRATU 1, Naela COSTICĂ 1
1 Departament of Biology, Faculty of Biology, “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University of Iasi, Romania

Liverworts and mosses are terrestrial plants that contain biologically active substances that give them important medicinal qualities. After reviewing the available literature on the pharmacological activity of the most used liverworts and mosses, we present 34 species found in Romania, used for the treatment of common diseases in folk medicine around the world. Their uses in traditional medicine are sometimes confirmed by pharmacological research, especially external ones (as antimicrobial or cytotoxic remedies). The species of liverworts and mosses are mentioned with their distribution in Romanian flora and the habitats where they live.