115.200 Ophioglossum L.

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

Description of the genus

Rhizome globose, subglobose or elongated, fleshy. Fronds devided into a simple leaflike fragment (trophophore) and a simple fertile segment (sporophore), inserted at base of the sterile segment or on the petiole, with a double row of sporangia in a spike near the apex.

Derivation of name: ophis: snake, glossa: tongue; an allusion to the slender, sometimes forked apex above the fertile spike.

Worldwide: c. 30-50 species, cosmopolitan distribution

Zambia: 14 taxa.

Ophioglossum gomezianum

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SpeciesFZ divisionsProvincesContent
ammophilum C.D. AdamsNNDescription
caroticaule J.E. BurrowsDescription, Image
convexum J.E. BurrowsDescription
costatum R.Br.N,W,SNw,Cb,N,SDescription, Image
gomezianum Welw. ex A. BraunN,W,C,SCb,N,LkDescription, Image
lancifolium C. PreslN,W,CCb,N,Lk,SDescription
latifolium (Prantl) J.E. BurrowsDescription, Image
lusoafricanum Welw. ex PrantlDescription, Image
reticulatum L.SDescription, Image
richardsiae J.E. BurrowsNDescription
rubellum Welw. ex A.BraunNNDescription, Image
sandieae J.E. BurrowsDescription
thomasii R.T. ClausenN,CNDescription
vulgatum L. subsp. africanum Pocock ex J.E. BurrowsNDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Ophioglossum:

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Flora of Botswana: Ophioglossum
Flora of Malawi: Ophioglossum
Flora of Mozambique: Ophioglossum
Flora of Zimbabwe: Ophioglossum

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Ophioglossum
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Ophioglossum
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Ophioglossum
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Ophioglossum
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Ophioglossum

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-19

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2019). Flora of Zambia: Genus page: Ophioglossum.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=8, retrieved 20 June 2019

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