Flora of the Hawaiian Islands
Pteridophyte Literature for Psilotum complanatum
Palmer, 2003.
   Psilotaceae Bibliography
      Psilotum complanatum

Common name(s): flat-stemmed whiskfern, moa, moa nahele, pipi
General Information
DistributionPantropical.In the Hawaiian Islands, indigenous to Kaua`i, O`ahu, Moloka`i, Lana`i, Maui, Hawai`i.

Psilotaceae - Psilotum complanatum

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HabitatMesic to wet forests
Elevation250-1100 m
Plants mostly epiphytic; stems flattened in one plane, 13-65 cm x 2-3 mm, not narrowing at apexes, lower unbranched portions 25-70 percent length of branch clusters, distal branched stems strongly arched and bending downward.
Synangia in 2 parallel rows on opposite sides of stem branches.
Latin complanatus, flattened, in reference to this species' flattened stems.
Sally Eichhorn