Whisk Fern (Psilotum) is a primitive vascular plant. Lacking true roots or leaves. Is anchored to the soil by rhizomes.
|full sun to shade (very adaptable)
|dry to moist (very adaptable)
|have structures that look like leaves but lack vascular tissue which true leaves have
|the organs containing conducting tissue and anchored the plant with creeping rhizomes
|lacking true roots
|tropic and subtropic regions of the world
|First described by Olof Peter Swartz, a Swedish botanist and taxonomist in circa 1861
|The common name, whisk fern, refers to its use in the past as a small broom, made by tying a handful of its branches together. Genus is from the ancient Greek word psilos meaning "bare, smooth or bald. Referring to the lack of the usual plant organs, such as leaves or roots. Nudum is Latin referring to bare or naked stems. So we have a very naked plant.