Huperzia - Lycopodiaceae

Huperzia brachystachya (Baker) Pic.Serm.

 

 

 

 

Synonyms

Lycopodium dacrydioides Baker var. brachystachys Baker
Urostachys brachystachys (Baker) Herter ex Nessel
Lycopodium brachystachys (Baker) Alston

Common name

Description

Stem curved and pendent from a horizontal base, about 70 cm long, dichotomously branched. Leaves densely imbricate, appressed, 5-7 x 1.5 mm, apex rounded, flat, dark green, leathery, with indistinct costa. Sporophylles shorter than but resembling the sterile leaves, 5 x 1.5 mm.

Notes

Derivation

Habitat

Epiphyte to almost 3000 m.

Distribution worldwide

See African distribution.

Distribution in Africa

Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea (incl. Bioko), Guinea, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone.

Growth form

Epiphytic.

Literature

  • Roux, J.P. (2009) Synopsis of the Lycopodiophyta and Pteridophyta of Africa, Madagascar and neighbouring islands. Strelitzia 23, South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria. Page 12.
  • Tardieu-Blot, M.-L. (1964) Ptéridophytes vol.3. Flore du Cameroun, Pages 11 - 12. As Lycopodium brachystachys (Baker) Alston.
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