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Lycophytes: cubmosses, quillworts, selaginellas

Viridiophytes: green plants -> Embryophytes: Land plants

The lycopods include some of the earliest known land plants and were dominant in coal swamp floras during the Carboniferous Period. The extant species are less diverse and emerge in three major lineages, Isoetaceae, Lycopodiaceae, and Selaginellaceae that diverged during the Palaeozoic.

Indigenous or exotic to New Zealand.

NZ Flora Web Site Link to the Ngā Tipu o Aotearoa Database

 
References
Korall, P.; Kenrick, P. 2002. Phylogenetic relationships in Selaginellaceae based on rbcL s
Wikstöm, N, and P. Kenrick. 1997: Phylogeny of Lycopodiaceae (Lycopsida) and the relationships of Phylloglossum drummundii Kunze based on rbcL sequences. International Journal of Plant Sciences 158: 862–871.
Wikstöm, N, and P. Kenrick. 2001: Evolution of Lycopodiaceae (Lycopsida): estimating divergence times from rbcL gene sequences by use of nonparametric rate smoothing. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 19: 177–186.
Last updated: 05-Mar-2013