Huperzia Bernh.

Pendent Tassel Ferns

Name derivation uncertain.

Plants like giant mosses forming clumps with roots in a basal tuft. Branches dividing equally at each stem division, sometimes rooting at the tips. Leaves all the same or varying along a branch. Fertile leaves identical to the sterile stem leaves or reduced and persisting after the spores are shed. Sporangia axillary, kidney-shaped with equal valves. This genus contains many species formerly placed in Lycopodium, the latter genus now containing only species that divide unequally into two at each division. Terrestrial or epiphytic in nature and mostly cultivated in hanging baskets; they require protection in a temperate climate.

Pendent Tassel Ferns (Clubmosses)

Stems dividing equally in to two at each division.

More than 200 species, cosmopolitan (12 species in Australia).

Source: Spencer, R. (1995). Lycopodiaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 1, Ferns, conifers & their allies. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Lycopodiopsida
order     Lycopodiales
family      Lycopodiaceae
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