Pteridophyta: Lycopodiales

Lycopodiaceae - Clubmoss family

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Schelpe, E.A.C.L.E. (1970) Pteridophyta Flora Zambesiaca

Description of the family

Epiphytic, lithophytic or terrestrial perennials. Stems erect, creeping or pendulous, sometimes elongated, dichotomously branched, bearing a few freshly dichotomously branched roots in a basal tuft, or irregularly along a creeping main stem. Leaves herbaceous to coriaceous, simple, spirally arranged or in irregular whorls with a single vein and without ligules. Sporophylls uniform, scale-like or leaf-like, sometimes similar to the foliage leaves; at other times arranged in cones (strobili). Sporangia borne in the axils of the sporophylls, solitary, 1-locular.

Worldwide: A family with a near cosmopolitan distribution, 4 genera and c. 400 species.

Zambia: 3 genera and 5 taxa.

Lycopodiella cernua

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Huperzia Bernh.Description, Image
Lycopodiella HolubDescription, Image
Lycopodium L.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Lycopodiaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Malawi: Lycopodiaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Lycopodiaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: Lycopodiaceae

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Lycopodiaceae
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Lycopodiaceae
Wikipedia: Lycopodiaceae

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-23

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2023). Flora of Zambia: Family page: Lycopodiaceae., retrieved 9 February 2023

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