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.




Moist evergreen forest.

Distribution worldwide

See African distribution.

Distribution in Africa

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

Growth form



  • Roux, J.P. (2009) Synopsis of the Lycopodiophyta and Pteridophyta of Africa, Madagascar and neighbouring islands. Strelitzia 23, South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria. Pages 15 - 16.
  • Vercourt, B. (2005) Lycopodiaceae. Flora of Tropical East Africa, Pages 10 - 11.