190.900 Polystichum Roth

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Schelpe, E.A.C.L.E. (1970) Pteridophyta Flora Zambesiaca

Description of the genus

Plants terrestrial or lithophytic. Rhizome short, erect or creeping; rhizome scales brown, entire, densely set. Stipe not articulated, scaly at base. Fronds tufted, herbaceous to coriaceous. Lamina narrowly elliptic to oblong-lanceolate, pinnate to 3-pinnate, but pinnae not basiscopically developed. Pinnae and pinnules unequal at the base, crenate to aristate-dentate, veins free. Pinnae costae with raised edges on the upper surface. Sori round; indusia peltate.

Derivation of name: polys: many, stichos: row; referring to the rows of sorion the pinnae.

Worldwide: c. 220 species, near cosmopolitan distribution.

Mozambique: 2 taxa.

Polystichum zambesiacum

Links to taxa:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this genus

SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
transvaalense N.C. AnthonyDescription, Image
zambesiacum SchelpeZ,MSDescription, Image

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Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Polystichum
Flora of Malawi: Polystichum
Flora of Zambia: Polystichum
Flora of Zimbabwe: Polystichum

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Polystichum
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Polystichum
JSTOR Plant Science: Polystichum
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Polystichum
Plants of the World Online: Polystichum
Tropicos: Polystichum
Wikipedia: Polystichum

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Mozambique: Genus page: Polystichum.
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