Crepidomanes inopinatum (Pic. Serm.) J.P. Roux

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Crepidomanes inopinatum

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John Meikle Forestry Estate, Stapleford

Crepidomanes inopinatum

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Path to spice garden, Nyamkombe River, Aberfoyle, Honde Valley

Crepidomanes inopinatum

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Path to waterfall, Mtarazi Falls, Inyanga

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Synonyms: Crepidomanes inopinatum (Pic.Serm.) J.P.Roux var. majus (Taton) J.P.Roux
Trichomanes inopinatum (Pic.Serm.) J.E. Burrows
Vandenboschia inopinata Pic. Serm.
Common names:
Rhizome less than 0.5 mm in diameter, widely creeping, rhizome hairs very dark brown to dull black, unbranched. Fronds spaced apart. Stipe 5-35 mm long, winged in upper part only, glabrous or set with a few brown, nonarticulated hairs. Lamina variable, 8-75 × 8-30 mm, 2- or 3-pinnatifid; ultimate lobes narrowly oblong, c. 0.7 mm broad, drying fold present. Sori obconical, c. 1.5 × 1 mm, narrowly winged for most of their length, valves rounded, entire.
Derivation of specific name: inopinatum: unexpected, it was a surprise to find another species in the genus.
Altitude range:
Worldwide distribution: Southern Africa, central and tropical Africa, Madagascar and Mascarene islands.
Malawi distribution:
Growth form(s): Epiphyte, lithophyte.
Endemic status:
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Burrows, J.E. (1990). Southern African Ferns and Fern Allies. Frandsen, Sandton. Pages 93 - 94. (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 Page 158. (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 7.

Roux, J.P. (2001). Conspectus of Southern African Pteridophyta. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report 13 Page 45.

Roux, J.P. (2009). Synopsis of the Lycopodiophyta and Pteridophyta of Africa, Madagascar and neighbouring islands Pages 39 - 40.

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Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Crepidomanes inopinatum
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Crepidomanes inopinatum
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Crepidomanes inopinatum
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Wikipedia: Crepidomanes inopinatum

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: Crepidomanes inopinatum., retrieved 16 April 2024

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