153.000 Pteridium Gled. ex Scop.

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

Description of the genus

Rhizome creeping. Fronds stiff, hard. Stipe with a felt of hairs just below ground-level. Lamina 3-4-pinnate, the lower surface subglabrous to densely tomentose. Sori linear, submarginal, with an outer pseudoindusium formed by the reflexed leaf margin and an inner indusium which may be reduced.

Derivation of name: Pteridium: small fern

Worldwide: 1 cosmopolitan species

Malawi: 2 taxa.

Pteridium aquilinum subsp. capense

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
aquilinum (L.) Kuhn subsp. capense (Thunb.) C.Chr.N,C,SDescription, Image
aquilinum (L.) Kuhn subsp. centrali-africanum Hieron. ex R.E.Fr.N,C,SDescription, Image

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Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Pteridium
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Pteridium
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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: Pteridium.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=37, retrieved 15 April 2024

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