Huperzia verticillata (L.f.) Trevis.

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Huperzia verticillata

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Vumba, castle Burn cliffs

Huperzia verticillata

Photo: Petra Ballings
SRGH

Huperzia verticillata

Photo: Petra Ballings
SRGH

Huperzia verticillata

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Below Castleburn cliffs, Vumba

Huperzia verticillata

Photo: Petra Ballings
John Meikle Forestry Estate, Stapleford

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Synonyms: Lycopodium verticillatum L.f.
Plananthus verticillatus (L.f.) P. Beauv.
Stachygynandrum verticillatum (L.f.) P. Beauv.
Urostachys verticillatus (L.f.) Herter
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Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Stems pendulous, repeatedly dichotomously branched. Foliage leaves needle-like, 5-8 × 0.2-0.5 mm, firmly herbaceous, overlapping, mid- to dark green; grading into the almost indistinguishable fertile portion. Sporophylls similar to the sterile leaves, sporangia single, in the axils of the sporophylls along the apical area of the stem.
Notes: H. verticillata has an indistinct fertile portion with sporophylls that are similar to the foliage leaves.
Derivation of specific name: verticillatum: in whorls, referring to the whorled arrangement of the leaves on the stem.
Habitat: Deep shade in evergreen forest.
Altitude range: (metres) 1200 - 1900 m
Worldwide distribution: Bioko, Cameroon, DRC, Equatorial Guinea, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Sao Tomé, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Also Madagascar, Comoro and Mascarene Islands and tropical America.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s): Epiphyte, lithophyte.
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Images last updated: Tuesday 20 December 2011
Literature:

Burrows, J.E. (1990). Southern African Ferns and Fern Allies. Frandsen, Sandton. Pages 12 - 14. (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 34.

Burrows, J.E. , Burrows, S.M. (1993). An annotated check-list of the pteridophytes of Malawi Kirkia 14(1) Page 80.

Crouch, N.R., Klopper, R.R., Burrows, J.E. & Burrows, S.M. (2011). Ferns of Southern Africa, A comprehensive guide Struik Nature Pages 30 - 31. (Includes a picture).

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 12.

Jacobsen, W.B.G. (1983). The Ferns and Fern Allies of Southern Africa. Butterworths, Durban and Pretoria. Pages 133 - 134. (Includes a picture).

Kornas, J. (1979). Distribution and ecology of the Pteridophytes in Zambia Polska Akademia Nauk Wydzial II Nauk Biologicznych Page 30.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 7.

Roux, J.P. (2001). Conspectus of Southern African Pteridophyta. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report 13 Page 21.

Roux, J.P. (2009). Synopsis of the Lycopodiophyta and Pteridophyta of Africa, Madagascar and neighbouring islands Page 16.

Schelpe, E.A.C.L.E. (1970). Pteridophyta Flora Zambesiaca Pages 17 - 18.


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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 verticillata.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=100050, retrieved 1 October 2016

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