Huperzia - Lycopodiaceae

Huperzia staudtii (Nessel) Pic.Serm.






Urostachys staudtii Nessel
Lycopodium staudtii (Nessel) Adam & Alston
Urostachys adolfi-friederici Nessel

Common name


Stems simple or dichotomously branched, suberect but drooping at apex, 35–70 cm long. Leaves lanceolate in outline, 8–20 x 2–3 mm, broadest near base, pointed at the apex, rounded at base to point of attachment, subcoriaceous, shiny, overlapping, spreading ± at right-angles; costa ± apparent. Fertile area strobiliform, very clearly demarcated from foliage, (3–)9–23 x 0.3–0.4 cm, unbranched or 1–3 times dichotomously branched. Sporophylls ovate, (2–)3–4 x 1.5–2 mm, acute to a rather blunt apex, coriaceous, distinctly longer than the sporangia. Sporangia rounded kidney-shaped, ± 1.5 mm wide, flattened.



staudtii: named after Alois Staudt, German botanist and plant collector.


Moist evergreen forest.

Distribution worldwide

See African distribution.

Distribution in Africa

Angola, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Gabon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Uganda.

Growth form



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  • Vercourt, B. (2005) Lycopodiaceae.Flora of Tropical East Africa, Pages 10 - 11.