Family: Ophioglossaceae

adder's tongue family

Species in the family Ophioglossaceae are perennial ferns that grow on soil. A common stalk supports a two separate structures: a photosynthetic, vegetative trophophore and a reproductive sporophore. The trophophore ranges from simple to several-times divided. The sporophore bears sporongia (spore-producing structures) that are bead-like and not aggregated into sori or covered by an indusium.

This Family’s Genera in New England:

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