Pteris intricata C.H. Wright

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Synonyms: Pteris adamii Tardieu
Common names:
Frequency: Local
Status: Native
Rhizome up to 1.2 cm. in diameter, erect; rhizome-scales up to 1 cm. long, dark brown, linear-lanceolate in outline, margin entire. Stipe 63 cm long, 8 mm in diameter, light brown to castaneous, with sparse stout erect or recurved spines up to 3 mm. long, glabrous except for numerous scales similar to those on the rhizome about the base. Fronds tufted, arching, herbaceous. Lamina almost as broad as long, up to 1 × 0.9 m., ovate to broadly ovate in outline, 3–4-pinnatifid. Lowest pinnae up to 56 cm. long and developed basiscopically; pinnae narrowly triangular in outline, petiolate; the costae and costules of larger pinnae sparsely set with stout spines on the undersurface and with a spine at the junction of main veins on the upper surface; ultimate lobes c. 4 mm. broad, narrowly oblong to linear in outline, apex round to pointed, with the sterile margins of the fertile and sterile segments toothed, glabrous on both surfaces; veins free; rhachis and secondary rhachises castaneous, with sparse stout erect spines up to 2 mm. long. Sori linear, marginal in basal half of the segments; indusium entire, membranous.
Notes: This species can be recognized by a 2-pinnate lamina , free veins and a rhachis with stout spines.
Derivation of specific name: intricata: entangled, a reference to the much divided fronds.
Habitat: Shade in wet forest.
Altitude range: 1400 - 1525 m
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Bioko, Burundi, Cameroon, Congo, DRC, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia.
Mozambique distribution: MS
Growth form(s): Terrestrial.
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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 15.

Jacobsen, W.B.G. (1983). The Ferns and Fern Allies of Southern Africa. Butterworths, Durban and Pretoria. Pages 238 - 239. (Includes a picture).

Kornas, J. (1979). Distribution and ecology of the Pteridophytes in Zambia Polska Akademia Nauk Wydzial II Nauk Biologicznych Page 70.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 15.

Roux, J.P. (2001). Conspectus of Southern African Pteridophyta. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report 13 Page 79.

Roux, J.P. (2009). Synopsis of the Lycopodiophyta and Pteridophyta of Africa, Madagascar and neighbouring islands Page 173.

Schelpe, E.A.C.L.E. (1970). Pteridophyta Flora Zambesiaca Page 117.

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Pteris intricata., retrieved 24 May 2024

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