Pteris muricella Fée

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Pteris muricella

Photo: Petra Ballings
By road to Chirinda Forest camp site

Pteris muricella

Photo: Petra Ballings
By road to Chirinda Forest camp site

Pteris muricella

Photo: Petra Ballings
By road to Chirinda Forest camp site

Pteris muricella

Photo: Petra Ballings
By road to Chirinda Forest camp site

Pteris muricella

Photo: Petra Ballings
Chirinda Forest

Pteris muricella

Photo: Petra Ballings
Chirinda Forest

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Synonyms: Hypolepis pteridioides Hook.
Pteris brevisora Baker
Pteris pteridioides (Hook.) Ballard
Common names:
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Rhizome erect, up to 10 mm in diameter; rhizome scales lanceolate to narrowly ovate, brown, up to 5 mm long, entire. Fronds tufted, arching, herbaceous. Stipe up to 75 cm long, strawcoloured to pale brown, glabrous with a few scales near the base. Lamina up to 1 × 0.9 m, deltoid to pentagonal in outline with 5 main radiating axes, 2-to 3-pinnatifid, basal pair of pinnae basiscopically developed. Ultimate lobes pinnatifid, oblong, apices rounded, margins lobed in the upper half; veins free, no veins anastomosing below the sinus; glabrous on both surfaces, with spines present on the costae and costules on the uppersurface only. Rhachis glabrous, smooth. Sori linear, continuous, marginal; indusia entire, continuous.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: Deeply shaded forest floor.
Altitude range:
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa, Madagascar.
Malawi distribution: N,S
Growth form(s): Terrestrial.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species:
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Literature:

Burrows, J.E. (1990). Southern African Ferns and Fern Allies. Frandsen, Sandton. Page 163. as Pteris pteridioides (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E. , Burrows, S.M. (1993). An annotated check-list of the pteridophytes of Malawi Kirkia 14(1) Page 87.

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 15.

Jacobsen, W.B.G. (1983). The Ferns and Fern Allies of Southern Africa. Butterworths, Durban and Pretoria. Pages 237 - 239. as Pteris pteridiodes (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 9.

Roux, J.P. (2001). Conspectus of Southern African Pteridophyta. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report 13 Page 79.

Roux, J.P. (2009). Synopsis of the Lycopodiophyta and Pteridophyta of Africa, Madagascar and neighbouring islands Pages 174 - 175.

Schelpe, E.A.C.L.E. (1970). Pteridophyta Flora Zambesiaca Page 117. as Pteris pteridioides

Other sources of information about Pteris muricella:

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Flora of Mozambique: Pteris muricella
Flora of Zimbabwe: Pteris muricella

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Pteris muricella
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Pteris muricella
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Pteris muricella
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Pteris muricella
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Pteris muricella
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Pteris muricella
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Pteris muricella
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Pteris muricella
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Pteris muricella
Ispot Southern Africa: Pteris muricella
JSTOR Plant Science: Pteris muricella
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Pteris muricella
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Pteris muricella
The Plant List (version 1.1): Pteris muricella
Tropicos: Pteris muricella


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Malawi: Species information: Pteris muricella.
http://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=101150, retrieved 24 November 2017

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