Huperzia ophioglossoides (Lam.) Rothm.

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Huperzia ophioglossoides

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Huperzia ophioglossoides

Photo: Petra Ballings

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Synonyms: Lycopodium longifolium (P.Beauv.) Sw.
Lycopodium ophioglossoides Lam.
Urostachys ophioglossoides (Lam.) Herter ex Nessel
Common names:
Status: Native
Stems pendulous, repeatedly dichotomously branched. Foliage leaves 10-20 × 1-2 mm, loosely overlapping, standing out from the branches, narrowly lanceolate, apex tapering, firmly herbaceous. Fertile portion of the stem clearly recognizable. Sporophylls 1.5 × 1 mm, distinctly smaller than the foliage leaves, broadly ovate.
Notes: H. ophioglossoides has a narrow and long fertile portion with sporophylls that are much smaller than the foliage leaves.
Derivation of specific name: ophioglossoides: like Ophioglossum, the fertile portion of the stem resembling the fertile spike of Ophioglossum.
Habitat: Deep shade in moist evergreen forests.
Altitude range: (metres) 1200 - 2060 m
Worldwide distribution: Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, tropical Africa. Also Madagascar, Comoro and the 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 ophioglossoides., retrieved 27 October 2016

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