Huperzia - Lycopodiaceae

Huperzia dacrydioides (Baker) Pic.Serm.

Photo: P. Ballings

Photo: P. Ballings






Lycopodium dacrydioides Baker
Urostachys dacrydioides (Baker) Herter ex Nessel
Lycopodium mildbraedii Herter

Common name


Plants large, robust. Stems up to 90 cm (1.5 m) long, dichotomously branched (once or twice), pendulous. Foliage leaves linear-lanceolate, apex tapering, 20 × 2 mm, dark glossy green, overlapping, coriaceous, grading into the sporophylls. Fertile portion not differentiated; sporophylls lanceolate, attenuate, up to 10 mm long. Sporangia rounded, flattened.


Resembles H. gnidioides ; H. dacrydioides has sporophylls similar to the foliage leaves, a fertile portion that is barely distinct and a narrowly tapering leaf apex.


dacrydioides: referring to the genus Dacrydium, a conifer with drooping branches of the Podocarpaceae family.


Mid to high level epiphyte in shade in evergreen mist forest; sometimes on mossy boulders.

Distribution worldwide

Distribution in Africa

Burundi, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea (incl. Bioko), Ethiopia, Guinea, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sudan and South Sudan, Tanzania , Uganda, Zimbabwe.

Growth form

Epiphytic, lithophytic.


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