118.800 Dicranopteris Bernh.

Crouch, N.R., Klopper, R.R., Burrows, J.E. & Burrows, S.M. (2011) Ferns of Southern Africa, A comprehensive guide Struik Nature

Jacobsen, W.B.G. (1983) The Ferns and Fern Allies of Southern Africa. Butterworths, Durban and Pretoria.

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

Schelpe, E.A.C.L.E. (1970) Pteridophyta Flora Zambesiaca

Description of the genus

Rhizome bearing multicellular hairs, but without scales. Frond branching repeatedly into two as a result of the abortion of the terminal buds, with a pair of stipule-like pinnae at the primary, and often also at the secondary branching points. Terminal buds bearing hairs similar to those of the rhizomes. Sori with 8 or more sporangia.

Derivation of name: di-cranos: two-headed, pteris: fern; referring to the dichrotomous branching pattern.

Worldwide: c. 12 species in the tropics

Malawi: 1 taxon.

Dicranopteris linearis

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
linearis (Burm. f.) Underw.N,SDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Dicranopteris:

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Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Dicranopteris
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Dicranopteris
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Dicranopteris
JSTOR Plant Science: Dicranopteris
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Dicranopteris
Plants of the World Online: Dicranopteris
Tropicos: Dicranopteris
Wikipedia: Dicranopteris

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Malawi: Genus page: Dicranopteris.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=13, retrieved 22 April 2024

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