Selaginella subisophylla Jermy

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Common names:
Frequency: Local
Status: Native
Plant erect, 9-15 cm, lanceolate or narrowly triangular in outline, rooting at the base or from axils of lowest branches only. Lower primary branches up to 3 cm, once or twice forked, upper branches decreasing to branchlets 3 mm long. Leaves of the main stem and primary branches similar, those of the ultimate branches of two kinds; stem leaves 2 × 0.5-0.75 mm, oblong -lanceolate in outline, bordered with narrow hyaline cells, spinose with occasionally long fine teeth at base, denticulate towards apex; median leaves 1.25-1.5 × 0.5 mm, lanceolate in outline with small pointed auricles, margins long-spinose below, with sharp tooth above; lateral leaves. Strobuli terminal on ultimate segments of all branches and maturing ± simultaneously, with single female sporophyll at base and 3-4 male sporophylls and several sterile leaves above; sporophylls dimorphous.
Type location:
Notes: Flora Zambesiaca states that this species is endemic to Zambia, however Roux 2009 mentions it as also occuring in DRC. The species name does not appear in tropicos, African plant database or plant list.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In wet sands
Altitude range: 1260 m (approx)
Worldwide distribution: DRC, Zambia
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Lp
Growth form(s): Terrestrial.
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Kornas, J. (1979). Distribution and ecology of the Pteridophytes in Zambia Polska Akademia Nauk Wydzial II Nauk Biologicznych Page 34.

Roux, J.P. (2001). Conspectus of Southern African Pteridophyta. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report 13 Page 27.

Roux, J.P. (2009). Synopsis of the Lycopodiophyta and Pteridophyta of Africa, Madagascar and neighbouring islands Page 28.

Schelpe, E.A.C.L.E. (1970). Pteridophyta Flora Zambesiaca Page 25.

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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: Selaginella subisophylla., retrieved 21 February 2024

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