Ophioglossum vulgatum L.
subsp. africanum Pocock ex J.E. Burrows
var. taylorianum J.E. Burrows

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Common names:
Status: Native
Rhizome short, linear to oval, c. 1.4-3 cm long; old leaf bases absent; roots descending or horizontal, proliferous. Leaves 1 or 2, dull green. Petiole up to 7.5 cm long, subterranean for 25-40 % of its length. Sterile lamina 45-60 × 12-20 mm, elliptic to sometimes lanceolate in outline, apex pointed, base wedge-shaped; fertile segment 9-12.5 cm long, arising from the base of the sterile lamina; Sporangia 30-40 pairs.
Derivation of specific name: vulgatum: common; africanum: of Africa; taylorianum: named after Peter Taylor, Kew botanist.
Altitude range: (metres)
Worldwide distribution: Tanzania, Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,C
Growth form(s): Terrestrial.
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Burrows, J.E. (1999). Two new taxa of Ophioglossum from Tropical Africa Bothalia 29 (1) Pages 110 - 112. (Includes a picture).

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 8.

Roux, J.P. (2001). Conspectus of Southern African Pteridophyta. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report 13 Page 34.

Roux, J.P. (2009). Synopsis of the Lycopodiophyta and Pteridophyta of Africa, Madagascar and neighbouring islands Page 35.

Other sources of information about Ophioglossum vulgatum subsp. africanum var. taylorianum:

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Ophioglossum vulgatum
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Ophioglossum vulgatum
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Ophioglossum vulgatum
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Ophioglossum vulgatum
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iNaturalist: Ophioglossum vulgatum
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Ophioglossum vulgatum
JSTOR Plant Science: Ophioglossum vulgatum
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Ophioglossum vulgatum
Plants of the World Online: Ophioglossum vulgatum
Tropicos: Ophioglossum vulgatum
Wikipedia: Ophioglossum vulgatum

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: Species information: Ophioglossum vulgatum subsp. africanum var. taylorianum.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=213320, retrieved 1 December 2023

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