Huperzia - Lycopodiaceae

Huperzia bampsiana Pic.Serm.






Lycopodium bampsianum (Pic.Serm.) Kornas

Common name


Plants large. Stems up to 80 cm long, dichotomously branched (to six times), pendulous; basal stem to 1.5 mm thick; sterile parts gradually passing into fertile parts. Foliage leaves narrowly ovate in outline, apex pointed, 10-16.5 × 1.8-3 mm, upper once shorter and narrower, relatively thin and flat, soft, making an angle of 30°-45°with the axis that carries them, midrib generally visible at least at the bottom on the dorsal side. Fertile portion 28-45 cm long; lower bracts to 12 x 2 mm, middle bracts 3-3.5 x 1.4-1.7 and circa twice as long than the sporangia, oval, base rounded, apex pointed, upper bracts 1.8-2.4 x 1.2-1.6 mm, apex blunt.



bampsiana: named after Paul Bamps (1932-2019), Belgian botanist and formerly department head of the National Botanic Garden of Belgium (now Meise Botanic Garden).


Limited to areas in between bamboo and Hagenia, and forest-grassland in Hagenia, from 2700 to 3000 m altitude.

Distribution worldwide

See African distribution.

Distribution in Africa


Growth form



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