Pteridophyta: Ophioglossales

Ophioglossaceae - Adder's-tongue family

Crouch, N.R., Klopper, R.R., Burrows, J.E. & Burrows, S.M. (2011) Ferns of Southern Africa, A comprehensive guide Struik Nature

Jacobsen, W.B.G. (1983) The Ferns and Fern Allies of Southern Africa. Butterworths, Durban and Pretoria.

Roux, J.P. (2001) Conspectus of Southern African Pteridophyta. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report 13

Schelpe, E.A.C.L.E. (1970) Pteridophyta Flora Zambesiaca

Description of the family

Terrestrial ferns, deciduous perennials, often clone forming by root proliferation. Rhizome spherical, subspherical or elongated, erect or creeping, subterranean; roots fleshy without roothairs. Fronds 1 or few, consisting of a simple, hairless sterile, slightly fleshy lamina and a simple or compound, fertile, linear, stalked spike. Sporangia sunken in the tissue on either side of the linear spike, large, thick-walled, dehiscing by a slit into 2 valves, exindusiate, homosporous.

Worldwide: 4 genera and 80 species, cosmopolitan.

Zimbabwe: 1 genus and 15 taxa.

Ophioglossum reticulatum

Links to genera:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this family

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Ophioglossum L.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Ophioglossaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Ophioglossaceae
Flora of Malawi: Ophioglossaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Ophioglossaceae
Flora of Zambia: Ophioglossaceae

External websites:

GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Ophioglossaceae
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Family page: Ophioglossaceae.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=159, retrieved 27 August 2016

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