Blechnum punctulatum Sw.
var. punctulatum

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Blechnum punctulatum var. punctulatum

Photo: Petra Ballings

Blechnum punctulatum var. punctulatum

Photo: Petra Ballings

Blechnum punctulatum var. punctulatum

Photo: Petra Ballings

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Synonyms: Blechnum rigidum Sw.
Lomaria auriculata Desv.
Lomaria densa Kaulf.
Lomaria dregeana Fée
Lomaria punctulata (Sw.) Kunze
Common names:
Rhizome creeping to suberect, up to 4 cm in diameter; scales dark brown, linear, up to 2 cm long, margins pale, entire. Fronds dimorphic, tufted. Stipe up to 10 cm long, glabrous but with scales towards the base. Sterile lamina 3.3-80 cm × 1.2-12 cm, linear-elliptic in outline, pinnate with basal pinnae gradually decrescent; pinnae narrowly oblong, glabrous, margins entire,base with truncate lobes overlapping the rhachis. Fertile lamina reduced; pinnae 1-4 mm wide, linear. Sori linear, set parallel to the costa, continuous throughout,covering most of the undersurface of the fertile pinnae; indusium linear, subentire.
Notes: Similar to var. atherstonei which has interrupted sori, particularly towards the base
Derivation of specific name: punctulatum: finely dotted, referring to the submarginal hydrathodes on the sterile lamina.
Altitude range:
Worldwide distribution: Lesotho, Malawi, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Eswatini, Tanzania and Madagascan region.
Malawi distribution:
Growth form(s): Lithophyte, terrestrial.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
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Burrows, J.E. (1990). Southern African Ferns and Fern Allies. Frandsen, Sandton. Pages 332 - 335. (Includes a picture).

Crouch, N.R., Klopper, R.R., Burrows, J.E. & Burrows, S.M. (2011). Ferns of Southern Africa, A comprehensive guide Struik Nature Pages 736 - 738. (Includes a picture).

Jacobsen, W.B.G. (1983). The Ferns and Fern Allies of Southern Africa. Butterworths, Durban and Pretoria. Pages 466 - 467. (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 5.

Roux, J.P. (2001). Conspectus of Southern African Pteridophyta. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report 13 Page 155.

Roux, J.P. (2009). Synopsis of the Lycopodiophyta and Pteridophyta of Africa, Madagascar and neighbouring islands Page 104.

Schelpe, E.A.C.L.E. (1970). Pteridophyta Flora Zambesiaca Page 239.

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Flora of Zimbabwe: Blechnum punctulatum var. punctulatum

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

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: Species information: Blechnum punctulatum var. punctulatum., retrieved 18 April 2024

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