Lepisorus schraderi (Mett.) Ching

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Lepisorus schraderi

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John Meikle Forestry Estate, Stapleford

Lepisorus schraderi

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Lepisorus schraderi

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Castle Burn cliffs, Vumba

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Synonyms: Niphobolus schraderi (Mett.) Keyserl.
Phymatodes elongata (Schrad.) Pappe & Rawson
Pleopeltis schraderi (Mett.) Tardieu
Polypodium lineare Thunb. var. schraderi (Mett.) Sim
Polypodium schraderi Mett.
Common names:
Rhizome c. 2 mm in diameter, creeping, without a white waxy colouring; rhizome scales black, broadly ovate, 2-3 mm long, with black central stripe extending to the apex. Fronds spaced apart, simple, thick and fleshy, tufted, evergreen. Stipe up to 6 cm long, glabrous. Lamina up to 34 × 2.9 cm, narrowly elliptic, tapering to a point, base narrowly wedge-shaped, margins entire, glabrous on both surfaces at maturity. Sori round to oval, 2-4 mm in diameter, in a line on either side of the midrib in the upper half of the lamina, exindusiate, but with small paraphyses when young.
Derivation of specific name: schraderi: named after H.A. Schrader (1767-1836); former director of botanical garden in Goettingen Germany, botanist with special interest in ferns.
Altitude range:
Worldwide distribution: Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Rwanda, South Africa, Eswatini, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Malawi distribution: N,S
Growth form(s): Epiphyte, lithophyte.
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Burrows, J.E. (1990). Southern African Ferns and Fern Allies. Frandsen, Sandton. Page 196. As Pleopeltis schraderi (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E. & Burrows, S.M. (1993). An annotated check-list of the pteridophytes of Malawi Kirkia 14(1) Page 90.

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 44. As Pleopeltis schraderi

Crouch, N.R., Klopper, R.R., Burrows, J.E. & Burrows, S.M. (2011). Ferns of Southern Africa, A comprehensive guide Struik Nature Pages 556 - 557. (Includes a picture).

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 13.

Dowsett-Lemaire, F. (1989). The flora and phytogeography of the evergreen forests of Malawi. I: Afromontane and mid-altitude forests; Bull. Jard. Bot. Nat. Belg. 59(1/2) Page 26. As Pleopeltis schraderi

Jacobsen, W.B.G. (1983). The Ferns and Fern Allies of Southern Africa. Butterworths, Durban and Pretoria. Pages 308 - 309. As Pleopeltis schraderi (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 8.

Roux, J.P. (2001). Conspectus of Southern African Pteridophyta. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report 13 Page 100. (Includes a picture).

Roux, J.P. (2009). Synopsis of the Lycopodiophyta and Pteridophyta of Africa, Madagascar and neighbouring islands Page 158.

Schelpe, E.A.C.L.E. (1970). Pteridophyta Flora Zambesiaca Page 152. As Pleopeltis schraderi

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 79.

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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: Lepisorus schraderi.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=101460, retrieved 16 July 2024

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