Hypodematium crenatum (Forssk.) Kuhn

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Synonyms: Aspidium odoratum Bory ex Willd.
Cystopteris odorata (Bory ex Willd.) Desv.
Dryopteris crenata (Forssk.) Kuntze
Lastrea hirsuta (D.Don) Moore
Nephrodium crenatum (Forssk.) Baker
Common names:
Frequency: Sporadic
Status: Native
Rhizome shortly creeping, up to 3 cm in diameter; rhizome scales dense, golden brown, concolorous, lanceolate-acuminate in outline, margin entire, c. 1 cm long. Fronds tufted, arching, herbaceous. Stipe up to 20 cm long, straw-coloured, glabrous except for a dense tuft of scales similar to those on the rhizome at the base. Lamina up to 33 × 30 cm, ovate-triangular in outline, up to 4-pinnatifid at the base with the basal pinnae basiscopically developed. Pinnae up to 22 cm long, oblong-acute in outline towards the apex, unequally triangular-ovate at the base. Pinnules thinly hairy on both surfaces, margins lobed to sometimes toothed. Rhachis pilose. Sori round, up to 12 per pinnule, 1–1.5 mm in diameter; indusium kidney-shaped, pilose with straight white unicellular hairs.
Notes: Might be confused with Davallia chaerophylloides. This however has a widely creeping rhizome, pinnae that are weekly basiscopicly developed and glabrous, the sori are situated at the lope tips on the pinnules. Other Dryopteris species are more or less glabrous and have hairless indusia.
Derivation of specific name: crenatum: crenate, referring to the shallow, rounded teeth of the pinnule margins.
Habitat: Crevices in vertical dolomite rock faces, in soil at the base of rocky outcrops and cliffs, in light shade or sun.
Altitude range: 1400 - 1800 m
Worldwide distribution: Sporadic in tropical Africa through to Yemen, Madagascar, Mauritius, southern Asia to Nepal, Japan, Malaysia, Sumatra, Pacific Islands.
Mozambique distribution:
Growth form(s): Lithophyte.
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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: Hypodematium crenatum.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=213660, retrieved 10 December 2023

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