Flora of Barro Colorado Island

Ophioglossum reticulatum

L., Sp. Pl. 1063.1763

Small terrestrial plant, consisting of a single succulent stem bearing 1 sterile leaf (rarely 2) and 1 fertile stalk. Sterile leaf blade arising 2-9 cm above ground, ovate, acute to rounded at apex, cuneate at base, ca 1-4 cm long. Sporangia borne distally on a long, slender, soli­tary stalk extending 5-20 cm above sterile leaf, the spor­angia sessile, thick-walled, lacking annuli. Dressler 2874.

Collected once in the Laboratory Clearing. The species has been seen fertile only during the rainy season. Mexico to Argentina; West Indies; Old World. In Panama, known only from BCI.

Photos from STRI Digital Archive

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  • Ophioglossum reticulatum Flower
  • Ophioglossum reticulatum Flower
  • Ophioglossum reticulatum Flower
  • Ophioglossum reticulatum Flower
  • Ophioglossum reticulatum Flower
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  • Ophioglossum reticulatum Fruit
  • Ophioglossum reticulatum Fruit
  • Ophioglossum reticulatum Fruit