Azolla filiculoides Lam.

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Azolla filiculoides

Picture: Bart Wursten
Osborne Dam RP

Azolla filiculoides

Picture: Bart Wursten
Nyamakari River bridge, Burma Valley

Azolla filiculoides

Picture: David Hartung
Lanark Game Park

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Notes: Safrass project: Probability of occurrence in Zambia: VERY HIGH
Derivation of specific name: filiculoides: resembling a fern (from the Latin, filicum for a fern); unclear reference since Azolla does not coincide with the image that one has of a fern
Altitude range:
Worldwide distribution: Native to tropical South America (Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and Peru), but now widespread as a weed in Europe, N America, Australia and New Zealand.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca):
Zambian distribution (Provinces):
Growth form(s): Aquatic.
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Burrows, J.E. (1990). Southern African Ferns and Fern Allies. Frandsen, Sandton. Page 83. (Includes a picture).

Crouch, N.R., Klopper, R.R., Burrows, J.E. & Burrows, S.M. (2011). Ferns of Southern Africa, A comprehensive guide Struik Nature Pages 214 - 215. (Includes a picture).

Henderson, L. (2001). Alien weeds and invasive plants Plant Protection Research Institute Handbook No. 12. Plant Protection Research Institute, Agricultural Research Council, South Africa. Page 19. (Includes a picture).

Jacobsen, W.B.G. (1983). The Ferns and Fern Allies of Southern Africa. Butterworths, Durban and Pretoria. Pages 494 - 495. (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 5.

Roux, J.P. (2001). Conspectus of Southern African Pteridophyta. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report 13 Page 179.

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Flora of Mozambique: Azolla filiculoides
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Azolla filiculoides
African Plant Database: Azolla filiculoides
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Azolla filiculoides
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Azolla filiculoides
JSTOR Plant Science: Azolla filiculoides
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Azolla filiculoides
Plants of the World Online: Azolla filiculoides
Tropicos: Azolla filiculoides
Wikipedia: Azolla filiculoides

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: Species information: Azolla filiculoides., retrieved 5 March 2024

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