Psilotum Sw.

Photo: BT. Wursten


Description of the genus

Description as for the family.


Derivation of name:  psilom: bare, -tum: appearing to be; referring to the almost leafless character of the plants.

Worldwide: 2 species, pantropical to warm temperate distribution.



We have 1 taxa in the database for Psilotum.

  • Psilotum nudum (L.) P. Beauv.


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  • Jacobsen, W.B.G. (1983) The Ferns and Fern Allies of Southern Africa. Butterworths, Durban and Pretoria.
  • Roux, J.P. (2001) Conspectus of Southern African Pteridophyta.Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report, 13: 1-222.
  • Schelpe, E.A.C.L.E. (1970) Pteridophyta.Flora Zambesiaca, 0: 1-254.