Common name: Adders Tongue, Common Adder's Tongue
Ophioglossum lusitanicum L. APNI*
Synonyms: Ophioglossum lusitanicum subsp. coriaceum (A.Cunn.) Clausen APNI*
Ophioglossum coriaceum A.Cunn. APNI*
Description: Perennial herb 3–15 cm high, stipe bases not persistent; rhizome short, erect, slightly tuberous.
Fronds usually 1–5; common stalk to 6 cm long; sterile lamina elliptic to lanceolate, 1–5 cm long and 2–10 mm wide, fleshy, veins somewhat indistinct, veins within the primary reticulations equally conspicuous.
Fertile spike 5–15 mm long on a stalk to 8 cm long.
Distribution and occurrence: Widespread in damp open sites; from coast to alpine grassland.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, NWS, CWS, SWS, NWP, SWP, NFWP, LHI
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. Tas. W.A. S.A. N.T.
Text by Peter G. Wilson
Taxon concept: R.J. Chinnock (1998)
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