115.200 Ophioglossum L.

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

Description of the genus

Rhizome globose, subglobose or elongated, fleshy. Fronds devided into a simple leaflike fragment (trophophore) and a simple fertile segment (sporophore), inserted at base of the sterile segment or on the petiole, with a double row of sporangia in a spike near the apex.

Derivation of name: ophis: snake, glossa: tongue; an allusion to the slender, sometimes forked apex above the fertile spike.

Worldwide: c. 30-50 species, cosmopolitan distribution

Zimbabwe: 15 taxa.

Ophioglossum gomezianum

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
caroticaule J.E. BurrowsNDescription, Image
convexum J.E. BurrowsCDescription
costatum R.Br.N,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
gomezianum Welw. ex A. BraunN,W,C,EDescription, Image
gracillimum Welw. ex Hook. & BakerNDescription, Image
lancifolium C. PreslW,EDescription
latifolium (Prantl) J.E. BurrowsN,CDescription, Image
lusoafricanum Welw. ex PrantlCDescription, Image
polyphyllum A.Braun[Agg]N,C,E,SDescription, Image
reticulatum L.N,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
rubellum Welw. ex A.BraunN,EDescription, Image
sandieae J.E. BurrowsDescription
thomasii R.T. ClausenWDescription
vulgatum L. subsp. africanum Pocock ex J.E. BurrowsN,C,EDescription, Image
vulgatum L. subsp. africanum Pocock ex J.E. Burrows var. taylorianum J.E. BurrowsN,CDescription

Other sources of information about Ophioglossum:

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Flora of Botswana: Ophioglossum
Flora of Malawi: Ophioglossum
Flora of Mozambique: Ophioglossum
Flora of Zambia: Ophioglossum

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Ophioglossum
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Ophioglossum
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Ophioglossum
Wikipedia: Ophioglossum
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Ophioglossum
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Ophioglossum

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Ophioglossum.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=8, retrieved 7 February 2023

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