Huperzia saururus (Lam.) Trevis.

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Huperzia saururus

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Huperzia saururus

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Synonyms: Lycopodium saururus Lam.
Plananthus saururus (Lam.) P. Beauv.
Urostachys saururus (Lam.) Herter
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Stems erect, unbranched, up to 32 cm long. Foliage leaves c. 12 × 2 mm, closely overlapping, lanceolate, entire, coriaceous, mid- to light green. Fertile portion not differentiated; sporophylls the same size and shape as the foliage leaves; sporangia hidden in the leaf axils at the end of the stem.
Derivation of specific name: saururus: lizard-like, referring to the scaly appearance of the stems.
Altitude range:
Worldwide distribution: Lesotho, Malawi, South Africa, Zimbabwe and on tropical African mountains. Also Madagascar and the Andes in South America.
Malawi distribution: S
Growth form(s): Lithophyte, terrestrial.
Endemic status:
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Burrows, J.E. (1990). Southern African Ferns and Fern Allies. Frandsen, Sandton. Page 12. (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E. & Burrows, S.M. (1993). An annotated check-list of the pteridophytes of Malawi Kirkia 14(1) Page 80.

Crouch, N.R., Klopper, R.R., Burrows, J.E. & Burrows, S.M. (2011). Ferns of Southern Africa, A comprehensive guide Struik Nature Pages 28 - 29. (Includes a picture).

Jacobsen, W.B.G. (1983). The Ferns and Fern Allies of Southern Africa. Butterworths, Durban and Pretoria. Pages 132 - 133. (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 7.

Roux, J.P. (2001). Conspectus of Southern African Pteridophyta. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report 13 Page 21.

Roux, J.P. (2009). Synopsis of the Lycopodiophyta and Pteridophyta of Africa, Madagascar and neighbouring islands Page 15.

Schelpe, E.A.C.L.E. (1970). Pteridophyta Flora Zambesiaca Page 17.

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Malawi: Species information: Huperzia saururus., retrieved 22 July 2024

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