Pteridophyta: Ophioglossales

Ophioglossaceae - Adder's-tongue family

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

Description of the family

Terrestrial ferns, deciduous perennials, often clone forming by root proliferation. Rhizome spherical, subspherical or elongated, erect or creeping, subterranean; roots fleshy without roothairs. Fronds 1 or few, consisting of a simple, hairless sterile, slightly fleshy lamina and a simple or compound, fertile, linear, stalked spike. Sporangia sunken in the tissue on either side of the linear spike, large, thick-walled, dehiscing by a slit into 2 valves, exindusiate, homosporous.

Worldwide: 4 genera and 80 species, cosmopolitan.

Zambia: 1 genus and 14 taxa.

Ophioglossum reticulatum

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Ophioglossum L.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Ophioglossaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Ophioglossaceae
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Ophioglossaceae
Flora of Malawi: Ophioglossaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Ophioglossaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: Ophioglossaceae

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Ophioglossaceae
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Ophioglossaceae
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Ophioglossaceae
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Ophioglossaceae
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Ophioglossaceae
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Ophioglossaceae
JSTOR Plant Science: Ophioglossaceae
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Ophioglossaceae
Wikipedia: Ophioglossaceae
Plants of the World Online: Ophioglossaceae
Tropicos: Ophioglossaceae

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-24

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Family page: Ophioglossaceae., retrieved 17 July 2024

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