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Ophioglossum californicum

Cladus: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Divisio: Pteridophyta
Classis: Psilotopsida
Ordo: Ophioglossales
Familia: Ophioglossaceae
Genus: Ophioglossum
Species: Ophioglossum californicum


Ophioglossum californicum Prantl

Ophioglossum californicum is an uncommon species of fernlike plant in the family Ophioglossaceae known by the common name California adder's tongue. It is native to California and northern Mexico, where it is found in moist areas, such as wet pastures and vernal pools, becoming very rare in dry years. It is a small, fleshy perennial plant growing from a caudex no more than 1.5 centimeters wide. It produces one leaf per year. The leaf is divided into a thick, green blade-shaped part, which is sterile, and a fertile stalk lined with two rows of sporangia, the reproductive parts.

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