Vascular Plants of the Gila Wilderness-- Lycophytes
Presented in Association with the Western New Mexico University Department
of Natural Sciences
The Lycophytes are part of what used to be called the "Fern Allies" in older nomenclature. The Lycophytes consist of the Lycopodiaceae, Selaginellaceae, and the Isoetaceae. Hundreds of millions of years ago, tree-sized Lycophytes dominated ancient forests. Now, only one genus, Selaginella, is found in the Gila National Forest.