Lycopodium - Lycopodiaceae

Lycopodium aberdaricum Chiov.






Common name


Primary stem elongate, creeping (fide Chiovenda but not preserved on type and no field notes) but owing to the nearly leafless bases of the erect shoots Faden considers it must be an underground rhizome. Erect branches 16–18 cm long, dichotomously divided 5–6 times. Leaves on lower undivided part sparse, 4–5-subverticillate, the verticils 4–10 mm apart, but dense and close on the upper branched parts. Leaves linear-lanceolate, 4–7 mm long, ± 0.7 mm wide, entire, narrowed to a fine point but without a long hair-point. Peduncle quite leafy, 2–6 cm long; secondary peduncles not developed. Strobili solitary and unbranched or conspicuously bifurcate low down with one branch again bifurcate, 1.5–7.5 cm long. Sporophylls more evidently stipitate-peltate from near the base, lanceolate, 4 mm long, 1 mm wide, narrowly acute but without a hair-point, not lacerate, virtually entire or slightly crinkly at margin.




Not known but montane, possibly ± 3000m.

Distribution worldwide

See African distribution.

Distribution in Africa


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. Page 18.
  • Vercourt, B. (2005) Lycopodiaceae.Flora of Tropical East Africa, Pages 13 - 14.