190.500 Dryopteris Adans.

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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

Terrestrial plants. Rhizome erect or creeping; rhizome scales broad, mostly entire, concolorous. Fronds tufted, herbaceous. Stipe not articulated, often with persistent scales. Lamina broadly deltate to lanceolate, pinnate to quadripinnate, basal pinnae often basiscopically enlarged but not as long as the lamina. Lamina scales/hairs, if present, unistratose(1 layer) at the base. Ultimate segments crenate to serrate, rarely aristate-dentate. Veins free, forked. Sori round, superficial, dorsal, on veins end; indusia kidney-shaped to cordate, rarely exindusiate.

Derivation of name: drys: oak, pteris: fern; referring to the preferred habitat in oak forests of certain European species.

Worldwide: c. 255 species, near cosmopolitan distribution.

Malawi: 7 taxa.

Dryopteris athamantica

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

SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
schimperiana (Hochst.) C. Chr.Description
antarctica (Baker) C. Chr.SDescription
athamantica (Kunze) KuntzeN,C,SDescription, Image
kilemensis (Kuhn) KuntzeN,SDescription, Image
lewalleana Pic.Serm.Description
manniana (Hook.) C. Chr.N,SDescription
pentheri (Krasser) C. Chr.N,SDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Dryopteris:

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Flora of Mozambique: Dryopteris
Flora of Zambia: Dryopteris
Flora of Zimbabwe: Dryopteris

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Dryopteris
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Dryopteris
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Dryopteris
Wikipedia: Dryopteris
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Dryopteris
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Dryopteris

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: Dryopteris.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=68, retrieved 8 February 2023

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