Blechnum ivohibense C. Chr.

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Blechnum ivohibense

Photo: Petra Ballings

Blechnum ivohibense

Photo: Petra Ballings

Blechnum ivohibense

Photo: Petra Ballings

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Synonyms: Blechnum bakeri C.Chr. var. glabra Bonap.
Blechnum bakeri C.Chr. var. glabrum Bonap.
Blechnum bakeri C. Chr. var. glabrum Bonap. ex Tardieu
Blechnum umbrosum Peter
Common names:
Status: Native
Rhizome erect, c. 5 mm thick; scales dark brown to black, up to 2 mm long, margins entire. Fronds whorled, dimorphic. Stipe up to 10 cm long in the sterile frond, double the size in fertile fronds. Sterile lamina 40 × 7.5 cm, deeply pinnatifid, narrowly elliptic in outline; pinnae oblong, slightly falcate, glabrous, margins finely toothed, apex acute to rounded. Fertile lamina as for sterile lamina but with linear pinnae. Rhachis sparsely set with a few brown scales. Sori linear, appearing to cover the pinnae completely at dehiscence; indusium continuous.
Notes: Differs from similar species by having long, lax fertile fronds and fine serrations on the pinnae tips.
Derivation of specific name: ivohibense: named after Mt. Ivohibe in south-eastern Madagascar.
Habitat: Terrestrial along shaded streambanks in wet evergreen forest.
Altitude range: 1400 - 1850 m
Worldwide distribution: Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and also in Madagascan region.
Mozambique distribution: Z
Growth form(s): Terrestrial.
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Friday 13 July 2007

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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: Blechnum ivohibense., retrieved 10 December 2023

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