Huperzia saururus (Lam.) Trevis.

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Huperzia saururus

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Huperzia saururus

Photo: Petra Ballings

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Synonyms: Lycopodium saururus Lam.
Plananthus saururus (Lam.) P. Beauv.
Urostachys saururus (Lam.) Herter
Common names:
Frequency: Rare
Status: Native
Stems erect, unbranched, up to 32 cm long. Foliage leaves c. 12 × 2 mm, closely overlapping, lanceolate, entire, coriaceous, mid- to light green. Fertile portion not differentiated; sporophylls the same size and shape as the foliage leaves; sporangia hidden in the leaf axils at the end of the stem.
Notes: H. saururus is easily recognisable by its unbranched, erect stems that have an indistinct fertile portion; sporophylls similar to foliage leaves.
Derivation of specific name: saururus: lizard-like, referring to the scaly appearance of the stems.
Habitat: Rock crevices in montane areas; mossy, earth streambanks in montane forest.
Altitude range: (metres) Above 1700 m
Worldwide distribution: Lesotho, Malawi, S Africa, Zimbabwe and on tropical African mountains. Also Madagascar and the Andes in S America.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s): Lithophyte, terrestrial.
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Saturday 21 February 2009

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-15

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2015). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Huperzia saururus., retrieved 27 November 2015

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