Adiantum soboliferum Hook.

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Adiantum soboliferum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Vunduzi River, opposite bank from Bunga Camp,Gorongosa National Park

Adiantum soboliferum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Vunduzi River, opposite bank from Bunga Camp,Gorongosa National Park

Adiantum soboliferum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Vunduzi River, opposite bank from Bunga Camp,Gorongosa National Park

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Synonyms: Adiantum alatum Copel.
Adiantum alatum Peter
Adiantum balansae Baker
Adiantum mettenii Kuhn
Common names:
Frequency: Occasional
Status: Native
Rhizome short, erect; rhizome scales dark brown, with paler margins, subulate, up to 3mm long. Fronds tufted, membranous, arching, sometimes rooting at the tip (proliferous), 10-40 cm long. Stipe 8-10 cm long, castaneous to almost black, with two narrow pale wings over its entire length. Lamina pinnate, lanceolate in outline; 15-30 × 6.5 cm, excluding a glabrous extension of the rhachis of varying length, which often ends in a proliferous bud or lamina with a terminal pinna. Rhachis, petiole and pinnae winged and glabrous. Pinnae numerous, persistent, oblong-rhombic but reduced and obcuneate towards the apex of the frond, petiolate, alternate, glabrous on both surfaces; 1.5-3.5 × 1.5-2.5 cm, reduced in size towards the apex, the midrib forms the lower margin, outer and upper margin irregularly incised into truncate, rounded lobes. Petiole 1-3(-6) mm. Sori elongate on apices of the pinna lobes, indusial flap linear, up to 0.8 × 5 mm long, glabrous.
Notes: Resembles A. lunulatum which does not have a winged stipe & rhachis.
Derivation of specific name: soboliferum: producing soboles or shoots that form new plants.
Habitat: On earthbanks in wet forests and at shaded boulder bases.
Altitude range: 700 m (approx)
Worldwide distribution: Wide distribution: from Philippines over Indo-China and India to tropical Africa, Malagasy and the Comoro Islands.
Mozambique distribution: Z,MS
Growth form(s): Terrestrial.
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Tuesday 18 October 2016

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 13. As Adiantum mettenii Kuhn

Jacobsen, W.B.G. (1983). The Ferns and Fern Allies of Southern Africa. Butterworths, Durban and Pretoria. Pages 224 - 225. As Adiantum mettenii Kuhn (Includes a picture).

Roux, J.P. (2001). Conspectus of Southern African Pteridophyta. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report 13 Page 75. As Adiantum mettenii Kuhn

Roux, J.P. (2009). Synopsis of the Lycopodiophyta and Pteridophyta of Africa, Madagascar and neighbouring islands Page 71.

Schelpe, E.A.C.L.E. (1970). Pteridophyta Flora Zambesiaca Page 110. As Adiantum mettenii Kuhn (Includes a picture).

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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: Adiantum soboliferum., retrieved 3 October 2023

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