Antrophyum mannianum Hook.

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Antrophyum mannianum

Photo: Petra Ballings
Chimps Nest, Kibale forest

Antrophyum mannianum

Photo: Petra Ballings
Chimps Nest, Kibale forest

Antrophyum mannianum

Photo: Petra Ballings
Chimps Nest, Kibale forest

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Synonyms: Antrophyum meniscium Mett. ex Kuhn
Scoliosorus mannianum (Hook.) E.H. Crane
Common names:
Frequency: Rare
Status: Native
Rhizome short, creeping, up to 8 mm in diameter; rhizome scales black, ciliate, narrow and tapering to a sharp tip, up to 6 mm long. Fronds tufted, simple, usually hanging, with a stipe. Stipe up to 27.5 cm long, brown, shiny, without hairs or scales. Lamina simple, papery when dry, 11-29 × 5-23.5 cm, rhombic to round but apex abruptly tapering to a sharp point, base broadly wedge-shaped, margins wavy to crenate, hairless. Sori superficial, linear, along the veins forming an irregular network.
Notes: Only known from one collection (Schelpe 1970), which was said to be from Mt Namuli but may be a typographical error for Nalume, a river originating in the Gurué Mts (Roux 2000).
Derivation of specific name: mannianum: named after Gustav Mann, German botanist.
Habitat: On moist rocks near streams, deep shade in forest.
Altitude range:
Worldwide distribution: Tropical Africa
Mozambique distribution: Z
Growth form(s): Epiphyte, lithophyte.
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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 16.

Roux, J.P. (2000). Pteridophyta; a new combination and new records for the flora of Malawi Bothalia 30(2) Page 155.

Roux, J.P. (2009). Synopsis of the Lycopodiophyta and Pteridophyta of Africa, Madagascar and neighbouring islands Page 72.

Schelpe, E.A.C.L.E. (1970). Pteridophyta Flora Zambesiaca Pages 96 - 98. (Includes a picture).

Verdcourt, B. (1999). Vittariaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 7 - 9. (Includes a picture).

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Antrophyum mannianum
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Antrophyum mannianum
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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: Antrophyum mannianum., retrieved 22 February 2024

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