Belvisia spicata (L.f.) Mirb. ex Copel.

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Belvisia spicata

Photo: Petra Ballings

Belvisia spicata

Photo: Petra Ballings

Belvisia spicata

Photo: Petra Ballings
Path to spice garden, Nyamkombe River, Aberfoyle, Honde Valley

Belvisia spicata

Photo: Petra Ballings
Path to spice garden, Nyamkombe River, Aberfoyle, Honde Valley

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Synonyms: Acrostichum spicatum L.f.
Gymnopteris spicata (L.f.) C.Presl
Hymenolepis spicata (L.f.) C.Presl
Hymenolepis spicata (L.f.) C.Presl var. occultivenia C.Chr.
Hymenolepis spicata (L.f.) C.Presl var. usambarensis C.Chr.
Common names:
Rhizome shortly creeping rhizome, c. 4 mm in diameter; scales dark-brown, lanceolate, entire, up to 4 mm long. Fronds simple, closely spaced, erect, glabrous. Stipe up to 5 cm long, glabrous. Sterile lamina simple, 16-30 (including fertile segment) × 1.5-2.3 cm, narrowly elliptic in outline, base tapering, margins entire. Fertile segment linear, situated on top of the sterile lamina, c. 50 × 3 mm. Sori are spread out over the underside of the fertile segment.
Derivation of specific name: spicata: arranged in a spike, referring to the fertile segment at the apex of the frond.
Altitude range:
Worldwide distribution: Bioko, Cameroon, Comoro Islands, Congo, Coté d' Ivoire, DRC, Gabon, Guinea, Liberia, Madagascar, Mozambique, Réunion, Sao Tomé, Sechelles, Zimbabwe, Malawi and South Africa, Tanzania
Malawi distribution: S
Growth form(s): Epiphyte, lithophyte.
Endemic status:
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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 8.

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Roux, J.P. (2009). Synopsis of the Lycopodiophyta and Pteridophyta of Africa, Madagascar and neighbouring islands Page 151.

Schelpe, E.A.C.L.E. (1970). Pteridophyta Flora Zambesiaca Page 159. (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Mozambique: Belvisia spicata
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Belvisia spicata
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Belvisia spicata
Plants of the World Online: Belvisia spicata
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Wikipedia: Belvisia spicata

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: Belvisia spicata., retrieved 18 May 2024

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