Ophioglossum

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Rhizome erect or prostrate, unbranched, glabrous. Lamina of frond simple, entire, more or less fleshy, glabrous, with netted venation, erect, spreading or pendulous; subtended by stipe. Fertile spike arising from sterile lamina or below, stalk fleshy. Sporangia in 2 rows, embedded in spike, opening by transverse slits.

About 50 species world-wide; 6 or 7 in Australia, 3 in Victoria.

Source: Entwisle, T.J. (1994). Ferns and allied plants (Psilophyta, Lycopodiophyta, Polypodiophyta). In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 2, Ferns and Allied Plants, Conifers and Monocotyledons. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
 
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
class Psilotopsida
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genus Ophioglossum
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