Schizaea pectinata (L.) Sw.

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Schizaea pectinata

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Schizaea pectinata

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Synonyms: Acrostichum pectinatum L.
Common names:
Rhizome shortly creeping, horizontal to suberect; rhizome scales brown, linear, twisted, up to 4 mm long. Fronds closely spaced to crowded, numerous. Stipe up to 7 cm long, dark brown for most of its length. Sterile frond simple, up to 30 cm long, very narrowly linear, green and inrolled at first, brown and recurved later. Fertile frond like sterile frond but with a pinnate, comb-like apical fertile portion, horizontal or descending. Pinnae up to 18 pairs, linear, 5-12 mm long and 1 mm wide, uniformly in length or with the longest in the middle, ciliate with pale hairs. Rhachis of the fertile portion held horizontally and curved. Sporangia packed in 2 rows on each side of the costa.
Derivation of specific name: pectinata: comb bearing; a reference to the comb-like fertile segment of the frond.
Altitude range:
Worldwide distribution: Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Eswatini, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Madagascar.
Malawi distribution: S
Growth form(s): Terrestrial.
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Burrows, J.E. & Burrows, S.M. (1993). An annotated check-list of the pteridophytes of Malawi Kirkia 14(1) Page 82.

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Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 15.

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Roux, J.P. (2001). Conspectus of Southern African Pteridophyta. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report 13 Page 49. (Includes a picture).

Roux, J.P. (2009). Synopsis of the Lycopodiophyta and Pteridophyta of Africa, Madagascar and neighbouring islands Page 54.

Schelpe, E.A.C.L.E. (1970). Pteridophyta Flora Zambesiaca Page 52. (Includes a picture).

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 80.

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Flora of Mozambique: Schizaea pectinata
Flora of Zimbabwe: Schizaea pectinata

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Schizaea pectinata
African Plant Database: Schizaea pectinata
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Schizaea pectinata
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Schizaea pectinata
JSTOR Plant Science: Schizaea pectinata
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Schizaea pectinata
Plants of the World Online: Schizaea pectinata
Tropicos: Schizaea pectinata
Wikipedia: Schizaea pectinata

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: Schizaea pectinata., retrieved 13 April 2024

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