Flora of the Hawaiian Islands
Pteridophyte Literature for Phlegmariurus phyllanthus
Palmer, 2003.
   Lycopodiaceae Bibliography
      Phlegmariurus phyllanthus
General Information
DistributionNative from India to Polynesia.In the Hawaiian Islands, indigenous to Kaua`i, O`ahu, Moloka`i, Lana`i, Maui, Hawai`i.

Lycopodiaceae - Phlegmariurus phyllanthus

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HabitatMesic to wet forests
Elevation250-945 m
Epiphytic, medium-sized; stems sub-erect or pendulous, unforked to 3-forked, 20- 70 x 2.0-4.5 cm, stiff, with fertile terminal strobili.
Sterile leaves usually close except at bases, in irregular rows, lanceolate, 10- 22 x 3-4 mm, stiff, coriaceous, ascending above, decurrent below, tips acute, margins entire, contracted at bases, midribs distinct on undersurfaces; fertile leaves much smaller, ovate, acute-tipped, ribbed.
Strobili 5-25 cm x 2.5-4 mm, usually less extensive than sterile stems, 1/10-1/5 stem widths, 1 to 4-forked.
Greek phyllon, leaf, + anthera, anther, probably referring to the strobili of fertile leaves.
Sally Eichhorn