Flora of Mozambique

Welcome to the Flora of Mozambique website!

Some great small ferns found in Mozambique!

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.

Schizaea pectinata

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.

Schizaea tenella

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

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About the website

This site provides information about the flowering plants and ferns of Mozambique. This is a sister site to the Flora of Zimbabwe and Zambia websites.

The principal contributors to the site are Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings, Stefaan Dondeyne, Meg Coates Palgrave and myself.

As of today, Saturday, 25 October 2014, there are 15668 images for 2692 species, of which 2642 are native or naturalised and 50 are purely cultivated.

The Site history page gives details of the latest additions to the site. There is also a Frequently Asked Questions page.

View recently edited pages

As a guide to where to look for new content, below are details of some of the most recently updated pages:

DateSpecies
21 Oct 2014 Carissa tetramera
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

Mark Hyde   Bart Wursten   Petra Ballings   Stefaan Dondeyne   Meg Coates Palgrave
mahyde(at)gmail.com   ndundu(at)zol.co.zw   ballings.petra(at)telenet.be   Stefaan.Dondeyne(at)ees.kuleuven.be   megcp(at)zol.co.zw

Saturday, 25 October 2014


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings, Stefaan Dondeyne and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-14

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P., Dondeyne, S. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2014). Flora of Mozambique: Home page.
http://www.mozambiqueflora.com/index.php, retrieved 25 October 2014

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