Lycopodium wightianum Grev. & Hook.

  • Family (as per The APG System III) : LYCOPODIACEAE
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Diphasiastrum wightianum (Grev. & Hook.) Holub
  • Habit : Herb-Epiphytic
  • Comments / notes : Growing along dry, fully exposed roadsides, or slopes or open grasslands
  • Key identification features : Main stem prostrate, terete, bearing roots sparsely on the abaxial side; main branch borne alternately at about 3 cm intervals, bent at the base, erect, bearing secondary branches at about 2 cm intervals alternately, tertiary branches more or less equally forked upto five times. Leaves dense on ultimate branchlets, sparse on other parts of the stem, appressed, opposite decussate, straight or slightly falcate, acuminate, entire, glabrous, pale green and coriaceous. Cones usually borne on ultimate branchlets, pedunculate, erect, forked once or twice, bearing ovate-lanceolate, spreading, slightly thinner leaves sparsely, cones cylindrical, sporophylls broadly ovate, sporangia reniform, pale brown; spores globose, trilete, pale green.
  • Collector(s) Name : F. M. Jarrett & C. J. Saldanha
  • Collection Date : 22/09/70
  • Collection Nos : FMJ & CJS 17052
  • Collection Locality : Kodaikanal
  • Distribution :
    • Tamil Nadu : Kodaikanal (Dindigul district)
  • Native : India
  • Conservation Status : Near Threatened (NT)
  • Literature : Rajagopal, P.K. & Bhat, K.G. (2016). Pteridophytes of Karnataka State, India. Vinayaka Prakashana Publishers
  • Citation : Sankara Rao, K., Raja K Swamy, Deepak Kumar, Arun Singh R. and K. Gopalakrishna Bhat (2019). Flora of Peninsular India. wightianum. Downloaded on 21 April 2021.

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