Huperzia phlegmaria (L.) Rothm.

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Huperzia phlegmaria

Photo: Bart Wursten
Upper Jizira River valley, Mt Gorongosa

Huperzia phlegmaria

Photo: Bart Wursten
Upper Jizira River valley, Mt Gorongosa

Huperzia phlegmaria

Photo: Bart Wursten
Upper Jizira River valley, Mt Gorongosa

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Synonyms: Lycopodium phlegmaria L.
Common names:
Frequency: Very rare
Status: Native
Stems up to 30 cm, pendulous, dichotomously branched. Foliage leaves narrowly lanceolate-acuminate, up to 3.3 × 0.4 cm, coriaceous. Fertile region of stem distinct. Sporophylls 1.2 × 1.5 mm, oblate, subequal in length to the sporangia.
Notes: Recorded in Golding (2002) as occurring in the Nyanga area, specifically upstream of the Sports Club at Aberfoyle Tea Estate. It is also reported there that it occurs in Zimbabwe only in the one locality in one specific clump of trees.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: Deep shade in evergreen forest.
Altitude range: (metres)
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa and Asia.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s): Epiphyte, lithophyte.
Endemic status:
Red data list status: Data deficient
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Burrows, J.E. & Burrows, S.M. (1993). An annotated check-list of the pteridophytes of Malawi Kirkia 14(1) Page 80.

Golding, J.S. (ed.) (2002). Zimbabwe Plant Red Data List. Southern African Plant Red Data Lists. SABONET 14 Page 180. as Lycopodium phlegmaria

Roux, J.P. (2001). Conspectus of Southern African Pteridophyta. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report 13 Page 19. Not recorded for Zimbabwe

Roux, J.P. (2009). Synopsis of the Lycopodiophyta and Pteridophyta of Africa, Madagascar and neighbouring islands Page 15.

Schelpe, E.A.C.L.E. (1970). Pteridophyta Flora Zambesiaca Page 20. Recorded for Malawi only

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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 phlegmaria., retrieved 20 May 2024

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