Cheilanthes angustifrondosa Alston

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Status: Native
Rhizome creeping, rhizome scales brown, linear and tapering to a fine point 4.5–5 × 0.5 mm, with a dark central stripe and pale margins. Fronds tufted, 22–55 cm tall. Stipe purple-brown or chestnut to black, 3–14 cm long, glabrous except at the extreme base. Lamina narrowly oblong-lanceolate in outline, 17–49 × 3–8.5 cm, 1–2-pinnate, if 1-pinnate then pinnae deeply pinnatifid; pinnae in 15–18 pairs, oblong-lanceolate in outline, 1–6 × 0.5–2.8 cm; pinnules or ultimate segments narrowly oblong, 0.5–1 cm × 2–5 mm, apex rounded, crenate to pinnatifid, glabrous; venation obscure. Sori minute, less than 1 mm in diameter, on margins of segments; indusium minute, membranous, entire.
Notes: Differs from other Cheilanthes species by lacking a powdery substance on the undersurface of the lamina, the lamina is glabrous on both surfaces and the fronds are narrowly elliptic & 2-3 pinnatifid.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: Among rocks in woodland.
Altitude range: 1000 - 1500 m
Worldwide distribution: Angola, DRC, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia
Mozambique distribution:
Growth form(s): Lithophyte, terrestrial.
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Kornas, J. (1979). Distribution and ecology of the Pteridophytes in Zambia Polska Akademia Nauk Wydzial II Nauk Biologicznych Page 47.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 15.

Roux, J.P. (2001). Conspectus of Southern African Pteridophyta. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report 13 Page 61.

Roux, J.P. (2009). Synopsis of the Lycopodiophyta and Pteridophyta of Africa, Madagascar and neighbouring islands Page 180.

Schelpe, E.A.C.L.E. (1970). Pteridophyta Flora Zambesiaca Pages 123 - 124.

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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: Cheilanthes angustifrondosa., retrieved 2 December 2023

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