Common name: Upright Adder's-tongue, Inland Adder's Tonge
Ophioglossum polyphyllum A.Braun APNI*
Description: Perennial herb to 20 cm high, stipe bases persistent and forming a brown, papery sheath; rhizome erect, elongated and taproot-like; roots very numerous, wiry.
Fronds up to 4, basal stalk to 6 cm long; sterile lamina quite fleshy, ovate, lanceolate or broad-elliptic, 3–6 cm long and 10–15 mm wide, abruptly tapering into the common stalk.
Fertile spike 20–25 mm long, borne on a stalk to 7 cm long.
Distribution and occurrence: in moist places in dry regions; infrequent.
NSW subdivisions: NWS, CWS, NWP, NFWP, SFWP
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. W.A. S.A. N.T.
Text by Peter G. Wilson
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)
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