Blotiella natalensis (Hook.) R.M. Tryon

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Blotiella natalensis

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Blotiella natalensis

Photo: Petra Ballings

Blotiella natalensis

Photo: Petra Ballings

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Synonyms: Lonchitis natalensis Hook.
Lonchitis pubescens sensu Sim
Lonchitis pubescens Willd. ex Kaulf. var. nudiuscula Kunze
Pteris natalensis (Hook.) Kuhn
Common names:
Rhizome erect, massive, forms a caudex up to 20 cm in diameter. Fronds tufted, arching, up to 3m long. Stipe up to 1 m, straw-coloured, sparsely set with short scales. Lamina up to 2 m long, ovate in outline, 2- to 3-pinnatifid and hairy on both surfaces. Pinnae increasingly deeply incised from the apex to the base with shallowly lobed pinnules. Sori circular to crescent-shaped, situated at the base of the sinuses between the pinnules; indusium present.
Derivation of specific name: natalensis: of Natal, South Africa from where W.J. Hooker first described this fern in 1851.
Altitude range:
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in Africa and Madagascan region.
Malawi distribution: N,S
Growth form(s): Terrestrial.
Endemic status:
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Timberlake, J.R., Bayliss, J., Dowsett-Lemaire, F., Congdon, C., Branch, B., Collins, S., Curran, M., Dowsett, R,J., Fishpool, L., Francisco, J., Harris, Kopp, M. & de Sousa, C. (2012). Mt Mabu, Mozambique: Biodiversity and Conservation Report produced under the Darwin Initiative Award 15/036. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London Page 71.

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 78.

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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: Species information: Blotiella natalensis., retrieved 18 June 2024

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