Nephrolepis acutifolia (Desv.) H. Christ

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Synonyms: Isoloma lanuginosa J. Sm.
Lindsaea acutifolia Desv.
Lindsaea lanuginosa (J. Sm.) Hook.
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Status: Native
Rhizome erect with long creeping stolons. Fronds tufted, suberect, firmly herbaceous. Stipe pale-brown, up to 15 cm., matt with minute lanceolate lacerate pale-brown scales when young becoming glabrous with age. Lamina up to 90 × 13 cm., simply pinnate, very narrowly elliptic in outline, acute. The lower pinnae gradually reduced. Pinnae up to 65 pairs, shortly petiolate, the middle pinnae very narrowly oblong-attenuate, prominently auricled on the acroscopic side of the base, entire both surfaces with sparse minute stellate hairs, submarginal hydathodes prominent on the ventral surface; the lower reduced pinnae oblong-obtuse, truncate at the base. Rhachis pale-brown, matt, densely set with lanceolate lacerate ciliate minute scales becoming subglabrous with age. Sori submarginal, up to 1 mm. broad at maturity, facing outwards, linear, often apparently forming a continuous submarginal soral line; indusium very narrowly linear, membranous, entire.
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Habitat: Only once recorded from Mozambique, probably from mangrove forest (Schelpe,1970)
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Worldwide distribution: Cameroon, Congo, DRC, Gabon, Kenya, Madagascar, Mascarenes, Mozambique, Rodrigues Island; also Asia and Australia.
Mozambique distribution: Z
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 12.

Roux, J.P. (2001). Conspectus of Southern African Pteridophyta. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report 13 Page 111.

Roux, J.P. (2009). Synopsis of the Lycopodiophyta and Pteridophyta of Africa, Madagascar and neighbouring islands Page 147.

Schelpe, E.A.C.L.E. (1970). Pteridophyta Flora Zambesiaca Pages 160 - 162. (Includes a picture).

Verdcourt, B. (2001). Oleandraceae F.T.E.A. Pages 8 - 9. (Includes a picture).

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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: Nephrolepis acutifolia., retrieved 17 April 2024

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