136.000 Cheilanthes Sw.

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 erect or shortly creeping, with linear scales. Stipe dark reddish-brown to black, glabrous and glossy or pilose. Fronds tufted or widely spaced, pinnately compound, uniform or rarely dimorphic, the pinnae and ultimate segments never articulated, glabrous, pubescent, pilose or tomentose, but never with coloured powdery undumentum on the underside. Sori small, discrete, borne on vein endings near the margins, or in soral lines, protected by a continuous or interrupted indusium or by the recurved lobes of the ultimate segments.

Derivation of name: cheilos: lip, anthos: flower; an allusion to the marginal sori.

Worldwide: c.150-200 species, cosmopolitan.

Malawi: 10 taxa.

Cheilanthes viridis var. glauca

Links to taxa:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this genus

SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
bergiana Schltdl.SDescription, Image
buchananii (Baker) DominDescription, Image
inaequalis (Kunze) Mett.N,C,SDescription, Image
involuta (Sw.) Schelpe & N.C. Anthony var. obscura (N.C. Anthony) N.C. AnthonyN,SDescription, Image
leachii (Schelpe) SchelpeC,SDescription, Image
multifida (Sw.) Sw.N,C,SDescription, Image
quadripinnata (Forssk.) KuhnN,SDescription, Image
schimperi KunzeN,C,SDescription, Image
viridis (Forssk.) Sw. var. viridis N,SDescription, Image
viridis (Forssk.) Sw. var. glauca (Sim) Schelpe & N.C. AnthonyN,C,SDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Cheilanthes:

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Flora of Botswana: Cheilanthes
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ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Cheilanthes
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Cheilanthes
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Cheilanthes
Wikipedia: Cheilanthes
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Cheilanthes
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Cheilanthes

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Malawi: Genus page: Cheilanthes.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=27, retrieved 23 March 2023

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