Pellaea dura (Willd.) Hook.
var. dura

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Pellaea dura var. dura

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nhahomba area, Chimanimani National Reserve

Pellaea dura var. dura

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nhahomba area, Chimanimani National Reserve

Pellaea dura var. dura

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nhahomba area, Chimanimani National Reserve

Pellaea dura var. dura

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nhahomba area, Chimanimani National Reserve

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Synonyms: Allosorus durus (Willd.) C.Presl
Cheilanthes dura (Willd.) T.Moore
Pteridella dura (Willd.) Mett. ex Kuhn
Pteris burkeana Hook.
Pteris dura Willd.
Common names:
Status: Native
Rhizome shortly creeping to semi-erect, up to 5-7 mm in diameter; rhizome scales reddish brown, subentire, apex slowly tapering to a point, up to 7 mm long, margins serrulate. Fronds tufted, erect, coriaceous. Stipe dark brown, up to 25 cm long, subglabrous with few hair-like brown scales near the base. Lamina ovate to lanceolate in outline, up to 24 cm × 10 cm, imparipinnate to 2-pinnate on the base, if bipinnate with 2-5 pairs of lateral pinnules below a slightly larger terminal pinnule. Pinnae narrowly elliptic to lanceolate in outline, up to 5 cm long, apex rounded, cordate to rounded base articulated to a short petiole, glabrous on both surfaces, paler green below, veins hardly visible and anastomosing. Rhachis and secondary rhachises black, shortly pubescent above, glabrous below. Sori marginal, continuous; indusium entire, membranous, continuous.
Notes: Could be mistaken for P. longipilosa or P. doniana. P. longipilosa has free veins, a more stout stipe and a brown indumentum on stipe and rhachis. P. doniana is never 2-pinnate.
Derivation of specific name: dura: hard, referring to the stiff, coriaceous fronds.
Habitat: Shaded and moist conditions in rocky woodland.
Altitude range: 500 - 1800 m
Worldwide distribution: Southern and tropical Africa, Madagascar, Mascarene and Comoro Islands.
Mozambique distribution: N,Z,T,MS
Growth form(s): Lithophyte, terrestrial.
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Saturday 27 April 2019

Burrows, J.E. (1990). Southern African Ferns and Fern Allies. Frandsen, Sandton. Page 170. As P. dura (Willd.) Hook. (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E. & Burrows, S.M. (1993). An annotated check-list of the pteridophytes of Malawi Kirkia 14(1) Page 89. As Pellaea dura(Willd.) Hook.

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 28. As Pellaea dura

Crouch, N.R., Klopper, R.R., Burrows, J.E. & Burrows, S.M. (2011). Ferns of Southern Africa, A comprehensive guide Struik Nature Pages 414 - 415. (Includes a picture).

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 14.

Jacobsen, W.B.G. (1983). The Ferns and Fern Allies of Southern Africa. Butterworths, Durban and Pretoria. Pages 273 - 274. As P. dura (Willd.) Hook. (Includes a picture).

Kornas, J. (1979). Distribution and ecology of the Pteridophytes in Zambia Polska Akademia Nauk Wydzial II Nauk Biologicznych Page 55.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 9.

Roux, J.P. (2001). Conspectus of Southern African Pteridophyta. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report 13 Page 71.

Roux, J.P. (2009). Synopsis of the Lycopodiophyta and Pteridophyta of Africa, Madagascar and neighbouring islands Page 190.

Schelpe, E.A.C.L.E. (1970). Pteridophyta Flora Zambesiaca Page 132. As P. dura (Willd.) Hook.

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Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Pellaea dura var. dura., retrieved 25 March 2023

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