Platycerium alcicorne Desv.

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Platycerium alcicorne

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Maforga Mission, Gondola

Platycerium alcicorne

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Cheringoma Escarpment

Platycerium alcicorne

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Along entrance road to Levasflor, Cheringoma

Platycerium alcicorne

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Along entrance road to Levasflor, Cheringoma

Platycerium alcicorne

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Road to Chinizuiwa River, Cheringoma

Platycerium alcicorne

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Path to Tava Marsh, Moribane Forest

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Synonyms: Acrostichum alcicorne P. Willemet
Elaphoglossum alcicorne (Desv.) Keyserl.
Platycerium bifurcatum sensu Sim.
Platycerium vassei Poisson
Common names:
Frequency: Locally frequent
Status: Native
Rhizome short, c. 1 cm in diameter, rhizome scales brown. Sterile fronds round to reniform, convex, notched at the base and overlapping, forming at maturity an almost hemispherical mass, 32 cm in diamater, thinly set with minute hairs, becoming glabrous with age. Fertile fronds up to 60 cm long, narrowly cuneate, reduced towards the base into a short and thick petiole, 2-4 times dichotomously branched, divided into rounded to bluntly pointed segments up to 30 × 2.5 cm, subglabrous above, densely set with minute stellate hairs below. Several sporangal areas on the underside of the lamina borne in soral areas on the ultimate and penultimate lobes; initially median on the segment, reaching from margin to margin and down to the sinus when mature, never covering the segment apex; covered with white stellate hairs.
Notes: Not to be confused with P. elephantotis which has broad, undivided fertile fronds.
Derivation of specific name: alcicorne: alces: the generic name of an elk, cornu: horn; translating to the common name 'elkhorn'
Habitat: High-level epiphyte in deciduous woodland or dry, semi-deciduous forest, exposed or partially shaded.
Altitude range: Up to 400 m
Worldwide distribution: Comoro Isl., Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Réunion, Tanzania, Zimbabwe.
Mozambique distribution: Z,MS,GI
Growth form(s): Epiphyte.
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Thursday 25 April 2019

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Platycerium alcicorne., retrieved 29 September 2023

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