Huperzia verticillata (L.f.) Trevis.

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Huperzia verticillata

Photo: Petra Ballings
Vumba, Castleburn cliffs

Huperzia verticillata

Photo: Petra Ballings

Huperzia verticillata

Photo: Petra Ballings

Huperzia verticillata

Photo: Bart Wursten
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
Common names:
Status: Native
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, Eswatini, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Also Madagascar, Comoro and Mascarene Islands and tropical America.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s): Epiphyte, lithophyte.
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Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 79.

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Huperzia verticillata., retrieved 21 May 2024

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