Marsilea nubica A. Braun
var. nubica

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Synonyms: Marsilea leiocarpa C.Chr.
Zaluzianskya nubica (A. Braun) Kuntze
Common names:
Status: Native
Floating form: stipe up to 14 cm long; leaflets up to 35 mm long, outer margin uneven with shallow indentations. Dry land form: stipe 1.5-6 cm long; leaflets up to 7 mm long, outer margins entire to very shallowly irregular. Sporocarps: usually single, or crowded at stipe base; very glossy, shiny black, with a few flattened scales when young becoming glabrous with age, epidermis coarsely dotted with old hair scars and usually bearing a fine reticulation of wrinkles, with the black outer layer becoming detached and peeling; rectangular to square in lateral view, dorsoventral cross-section elliptic; lower tooth absent, upper tooth a slight hump. Sporocarp with its long axis at right angles to the pedicel, or nearly so; pedicels up to 3 mm long, free, arising from the axil of the stipe.
Notes: Characteristic for this species is the black, glossy sporocarps, with the outer layer peeling of at maturity.
Derivation of specific name: nubica: from Nubia, from north-east africa (Sudan)
Habitat: Seasonal ponds, pans and vleis
Altitude range:
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Chad, Madagascar, Mauritiana, Mozambique, Namibia, Senegal, Sudan, Tanzania
Mozambique distribution: GI
Growth form(s): Aquatic, terrestrial.
Endemic status:
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Crouch, N.R., Klopper, R.R., Burrows, J.E. & Burrows, S.M. (2011). Ferns of Southern Africa, A comprehensive guide Struik Nature Pages 228 - 231. (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 12.

Jacobsen, W.B.G. (1983). The Ferns and Fern Allies of Southern Africa. Butterworths, Durban and Pretoria. Pages 475 - 476. (Includes a picture).

Roux, J.P. (2001). Conspectus of Southern African Pteridophyta. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report 13 Pages 176 - 177.

Roux, J.P. (2009). Synopsis of the Lycopodiophyta and Pteridophyta of Africa, Madagascar and neighbouring islands Page 57.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 15.

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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: Marsilea nubica var. nubica., retrieved 22 June 2024

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