Hymenophyllum splendidum (Bosch) Copel.

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Hymenophyllum splendidum

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Mt. Gorongosa, forest Canda side

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Synonyms: Hymenophyllum ciliatum Sw. var. splendidum (Bosch) C. Chr.
Sphaerocionium splendidum (Bosch) Copel.
Common names:
Rhizome wiry, widely creeping. Fronds pendulous, spaced apart (up to 3 cm). Stipe slender, up to 3.5 cm long, set with stellate, pale brown hairs, sometimes winged in the upper 1/4. Lamina long and narrow, narrowly lanceolate to linear in outline, up to 40 × 3.2 cm, 2-pinnatifid, membranous. Pinnae angled forward at c. 45 degrees, unequally dichotomously branched into c. 6-15 lobes, both surfaces with pale brown, stalked, stellate hairs along the axes and margins, venation simple. Rhachis winged, bearing stellate hairs. Sori terminal on the distal lobes of each pinna, pilose.
Derivation of specific name: splendidum: splendid, striking; alluding to the handsome appearance of this fern
Habitat: Mt. Guruè
Altitude range:
Worldwide distribution: Central and East Africa, Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.
Mozambique distribution:
Growth form(s): Epiphyte, lithophyte.
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Sunday 17 November 2013

Burrows, J.E. & Burrows, S.M. (1983). A check-list of the Pteridophytes of Zimbabwe. South African Journal of Botany 49(3) Page 100. (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E. & Burrows, S.M. (1993). An annotated check-list of the pteridophytes of Malawi Kirkia 14(1) Page 85.

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 31. as Sphaerocionium splendidum (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 11. As Sphaerocionium splendidum

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 7. As sphaerocionium splendidum

Roux, J.P. (2001). Conspectus of Southern African Pteridophyta. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report 13 Page 44. As Sphaerocionium splendidum

Roux, J.P. (2009). Synopsis of the Lycopodiophyta and Pteridophyta of Africa, Madagascar and neighbouring islands Pages 46 - 47.

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Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Hymenophyllum splendidum.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=100510, retrieved 5 March 2024

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