Botrychium paradoxum

W. H. Wagner
Amer. Fern J. 71: 24. 1981.
Common names: Paradox moonwort
IllustratedEndemicConservation concern
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 2.

Trophophores converted entirely to second fertile segment, stalk 1/2 length of fertile segment. Sporophores double, 2 per leaf, 1-pinnate, 0.5–4 cm. 2n =180.


Habitat: Sporophores in June to August. Difficult to detect, plants usually hidden under other vegetation, in snowfields, secondary growth pastures
Elevation: 1500–3000 m

Distribution

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Alta., B.C., Sask., Mont., Utah.

Discussion

The leaf structure of Botrychium paradoxum is uniform and unique. Very rare teratological individuals of other moonwort species may have trophophores partially or wholly transformed into sporophores.

Botrychium × watertonense W.H. Wagner, known only from one locality in western Alberta, is the sterile hybrid of B. hesperium and B. paradoxum. It can be identified by its trophophore pinnae; all are bordered with sporangia. It may reproduce by some unknown mechanism, such as unreduced spores (W.H. Wagner Jr., F. S. Wagner, et al. 1984).

Of conservation concern.

Selected References

None.

Lower Taxa

None.

... more about "Botrychium paradoxum"
Warren H. Wagner Jr. +  and Florence S. Wagner +
W. H. Wagner +
Paradox moonwort +
Alta. +, B.C. +, Sask. +, Mont. +  and Utah. +
1500–3000 m +
Sporophores in June to August. Difficult to detect, plants usually hidden under other vegetation, in snowfields, secondary growth pastures +
Amer. Fern J. +
Illustrated +, Endemic +  and Conservation concern +
Botrychium paradoxum +
Botrychium subg. Botrychium +
species +