Welcome to the Flora of Mozambique website!
In April 2014 we joined a Kew-led expedition to the Mozambique side of the Chimanimani Mts. We spent 15 days roaming around the mountains looking for species often only known as indigenous and even endemic to Zimbabwe but which simply had to occur also in Mozambique. Indeed many of the plants only "officially" known from Zim were collected. Looking out for ferns was of course high on Petra’s list and great was the joy when we found both Schizaea species known for this region.
When exploring the slopes towards Mt Nhamudimu, a loud shriek from Petra sounded through the Mountains. While most expedition members worried that she had fallen from a cliff, Bart retained his cool and said : "my wife must have found her fern!" And what an amazing find it was. Looking like a grass, hiding in the grass and growing in rocky grassland it is no surprise that Schizaea pectinata has not been found very often. When sterile only the inrolled fiddleheads are telling you you're dealing with a fern, not a grass. Luckily my eyes fell upon the fertile comb-like apical portion of this fern!
More details on the Schizaea pectinata page.
The even smaller Schizaea tenella was found on one of the last days of the expedition while following a small stream in a valley north-east of Mount Binga. Once seen, several of the small comb-like apical portions were found hiding underneath overhanging vegetation on a sandy bank of the rocky river very close to the water.
More details on the Schizaea tenella page.
Bart & Petra
|Our current sample image is of Pauridiantha symplocoides. Click on the thumbnail image to see the full image or click on the species name to find out more.|
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As of today, Monday, 20 October 2014, there are 15665 images for 2691 species, of which 2641 are native or naturalised and 50 are purely cultivated.
As a guide to where to look for new content, below are details of some of the most recently updated pages:
|18 Oct 2014||Pycreus pelophilus|
|18 Oct 2014||Croton inhambanensis|
|17 Oct 2014||Cajanus cajan|
|16 Oct 2014||Cyperus articulatus|
|16 Oct 2014||Schoenoplectus confusus|
|16 Oct 2014||Schoenoplectus erectus|
|16 Oct 2014||Kalanchoe brachyloba|
|14 Oct 2014||Securidaca longepedunculata|
|13 Oct 2014||Sclerocarya birrea subsp. caffra|
|11 Oct 2014||Strychnos madagascariensis|
|Mark Hyde||Bart Wursten||Petra Ballings||Stefaan Dondeyne||Meg Coates Palgrave|
Monday, 20 October 2014