Taxon  Report   5919 
Ophioglossum californicum  Prantl
California adder's tongue,  California adderstongue
Ophioglossum californicum
© 2011 Andrew Borcher
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Ophioglossum californicum
© 2015 Keir Morse
Ophioglossum californicum
© 2006 John Game
Ophioglossum californicum, a pteridophyte, is a fern (rhizomatous) that is native to California and is found only slightly beyond California borders, Baja California.
CNPS Rare Plant Rank: 4.2 (limited distribution).   8th Edition

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Ophioglossum californicum
© 2009 Andrew Borcher
Chaparral, Valley Grassland, Freshwater Wetlands, wetland-riparian
Habitat: vernal-pools, edges
Wetlands: Equally likely to occur in wetlands and non wetlands
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Accepted by TJM2 + CNPS + PLANTS + JM93
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PLANTS: Ophioglossum lusitanicum var. californicum
CNPS + PLANTS: Ophioglossum lusitanicum ssp. californicum
More information about  Ophioglossum californicum
Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
Commercial availability unknown.
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Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation,
with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals, including the Consortium of California Herbaria.
[web application]. 2018. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization].
Available:   (Accessed: Feb 24, 2018).

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