Grammitis nanodes (Peter) Ching

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Grammitis nanodes

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Mt Gorongosa

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Synonyms: Polypodium nanodes Peter
Common names:
Rhizome short creeping to ascending, scales reddish brown, subulate, up to 1.6 mm long. Fronds tufted, erect, practically without stipe. Lamina simple, up to 90 × 5 mm, narrowly oblanceolate to linear in outline, base tapering, apex rounded to bluntly acute, margin entire to irregular, slightly inrolled, venation obscure, glabrous with age. Sori up to 2 mm long, elliptic, up to 16 pairs, placed in two lines on either side of the midrib, exindusiate.
Notes: Can be distinguished from other species by its simple entire fronds.
Derivation of specific name: nanus: dwarf, refers to the minute size of this fern.
Habitat: Moist evergreen montane forest, deep shade.
Altitude range: 1750 - 2060 m
Worldwide distribution: Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zimbabwe
Mozambique distribution: MS
Growth form(s): Epiphyte.
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Burrows, J.E. (1990). Southern African Ferns and Fern Allies. Frandsen, Sandton. Pages 184 - 186. (Includes a picture).

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

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 29.

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.

Jacobsen, W.B.G. (1983). The Ferns and Fern Allies of Southern Africa. Butterworths, Durban and Pretoria. Pages 296 - 297. (Includes a picture).

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 6.

Roux, J.P. (2001). Conspectus of Southern African Pteridophyta. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report 13 Page 108.

Roux, J.P. (2009). Synopsis of the Lycopodiophyta and Pteridophyta of Africa, Madagascar and neighbouring islands Page 154.

Schelpe, E.A.C.L.E. (1970). Pteridophyta Flora Zambesiaca Page 141. (Includes a picture).

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 79.

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Flora of Malawi: Grammitis nanodes
Flora of Zimbabwe: Grammitis nanodes

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Grammitis nanodes
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Grammitis nanodes
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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: Grammitis nanodes., retrieved 30 November 2023

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