Ophioglossum lusitanicum Ophioglossaceae Least Adder's Tongue

Ophioglossum lusitanicum 91kb

Description - Small, simple, lanceolate leaves about 1 cm long, and fruiting fronds up to 2 cm, which appear between November and March. The latter are often eaten by rabbits, especially as they appear when other young shoots are in short supply.

Habitat - Usually amongst mosses, on coastal sites, on the South cliffs and one site on the West coast. In thin soil over rocks.

Comments - Only found in the Scilly Islands in the U.K., rare in Western France. However, it has a wide world distribution being found in America and Australia.

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