Huperzia gnidioides (L.f.) Trevis.

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Huperzia gnidioides

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Huperzia gnidioides

Photo: Petra Ballings

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Synonyms: Lycopodium gnidioides L.f.
Plananthus gnidioides (L.f.) P.Beauv.
Urostachys gnidioides (L.f.) Herter ex Nessel
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Status: Native
Stems pendulous or erect, four or five times divided, up to 50 cm long. Foliage leaves 14 × 2 mm, strongly overlapping, oblong-lanceolate, coriaceous, acute to sharply obtuse, light to dark green, shiny. Sporophylls distinctly smaller than foliage leaves, c. 3 × 1.5 mm, ovate, attenuate. Sporangia kidney-shaped, flattened, hardly covered by the sporophylls.
Notes: H. gnidioides can be distinguished from H. dacrydioides by having a broad and short fertile portion with sporophylls that are shorter than the foliage leaves; sterile leaves are tightly overlapping.
Derivation of specific name: gnidioides: like Gnidia, a genus in the Thymelaeaceae family which sometimes has similar leaves.
Habitat: On boulders in montane grassland, shaded rocks near streams and as a high level epiphyte in forest.
Altitude range: (metres) 1200 - 2280 m
Worldwide distribution: Burundi, DRC, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Swaziland, South Africa, Tanzania, Zimbabwe. Also Madagascar, Comoro and Mascarene Islands.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s): Epiphyte, lithophyte.
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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: Species information: Huperzia gnidioides., retrieved 31 May 2016

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