133.100 Actiniopteris Link

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.

Kornas, J. (1979) Distribution and ecology of the Pteridophytes in Zambia Polska Akademia Nauk Wydzial II Nauk Biologicznych

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

Plants small, terrestrial or lithophytic. Rhizome creeping, rhizome scales linear, attenuate concolorous or variegated. Fronds tufted, flabellate, dichotomously divided into linear segments, sometimes dimorphic with fertile and sterile fronds, these strongly or weakly differentiated; fertile fronds usually larger than the sterile. Sori in a submarginal line, covered by a modified marginal indusium. Indusium continuous, entire.

Derivation of name: aktinos: ray, pteris: fern; referring to the radial or fan-shaped lamina.

Comment: Sometimes placed in the family of the Actiniopteridaceae.

Worldwide: 5 species, predominantly African, but 2 extended to India and Sri Lanka

Malawi: 3 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
dimorpha Pic.Serm. subsp. dimorpha C,SDescription, Image
pauciloba Pic.Serm.C,SDescription
radiata (J. Konig ex Sw.) LinkC,SDescription, Image

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

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: Actiniopteris.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=26, retrieved 24 June 2024

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