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Family: PSILOTACEAE 

 Psilotum nudum
 
  
Author:  Ambroise Marie François Joseph Palisot de Beauvois 1805
Family:  Psilotaceae
Habitat:  Tropical and Subtropical, in the New World, Asia, and the Pacific
Soil:  Sandy Soil or Epiphytic
Water:  Medium-Maximum
Sun:  Medium
Thickness:  Rhizomes: 4 millimetres.
Height:  50 centimetres
Flower:  No; Yellow spores
Reproduction:  Spores/Division
Pop names:  Whisk Fern, Skeleton Fork Fern
Synonyms:  Lycopodiaceae Lycopodium nudum, Linnaeus. Psilotaceae: Hoffmannia aphylla Willd. 1789. Bernhardia dichotoma Willd. ex Bernh. 1801. Psilotum triquetrum Sw. 1801. Psilotum floridanum Michx. 1803. Psilotum triquetrum var. gracile Grev. & Hook. 1831. Bernhardia antillarum Müll. Hal. 1856. Bernhardia deppeana Müll. Hal. 1856. Psilotum domingense Gand. 1919.
Got it from:  Copenhagen, Denmark
Year:  2007

From the wild; Photo by J. Saines.

 

    This member of the Psilotaceae family was given this name by Ambroise Marie François Joseph Palisot de Beauvois in 1805. It is found in the tropical and subtropical Americas, Asia, and the Pacific. It grows as an epiphyte or on the ground in well drained soil with some to lots of water and some sun. The branches can grow to 50 centimetres.

 This plant have been thought to be a primitive fern relatives, with no true roots or leaves. Latest research shows; it is not that primitive; it's ancestors might have had roots.

 Well, this in not really what I would classify as a caudiciform, but truly an interesting plant anyway.

Kingdom SubKingdom SuperDivision Division SubDivision Class SubClass Order Family Genus Species
PLANTAE Tracheophyta

Pteridophytes

Psilotophyta

Psilotophytina

Psilotales

Psilotaceae

Psilotales

Psilotaceae

Psilotum nudum