Pseudocyclosorus pulcher (Willd.) Holttum

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Pseudocyclosorus pulcher

Photo: Petra Ballings
Stream below Silvermist cottage, Troutbeck

Pseudocyclosorus pulcher

Photo: Petra Ballings
Stream below Silvermist cottage, Troutbeck

Pseudocyclosorus pulcher

Photo: Petra Ballings
Path to waterfall, Mtarazi Falls, Nyanga

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Synonyms: Thelypteris longicuspis (Baker) Schelpe
Thelypteris pulchra (Bory ex Willd.) Schelpe
Common names:
Rhizome erect, sometimes forming a caudex up to c. 30 cm high; rhizome scales up to 5 mm long, light brown, ovate, almost entire, pointed. Fronds tufted, arching, not proliferous, coriaceous. Stipe up to 70 cm long from the base to the first large pinnae, matt brown, thinly set with minute white hairs. Lamina up to 1.6 × 0.66 m, lanceolate-oblong in outline, deeply 2-pinnatifid, apex pointed, abruptly decrescent towards the base into a long series of strongly reduced pinnae. Pinnae linear-oblong, ultimate lobes oblong, slightly falcate,entire; upper surface densely hairy along the costae with white hairs, sparsely on the veins, under surface sparsely glandular with scattered, pale hairs; veins not meeting below or in the sinus. Rhachis pale brown, hairless. Sori round, up to 25 per lobe, halfway between costule and margin, almost reaching the top of each lobe; indusia subcircular to reniform, lacerate, glandular.
Derivation of specific name: pulcher: beautiful, handsome
Altitude range:
Worldwide distribution: Sudan, east and west tropical Africa, South Africa, Madagascar and the Mascarenes.
Malawi distribution: N,S
Growth form(s): Terrestrial.
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Burrows, J.E. (1990). Southern African Ferns and Fern Allies. Frandsen, Sandton. Page 261. As Thelypteris pulchra (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E. & Burrows, S.M. (1993). An annotated check-list of the pteridophytes of Malawi Kirkia 14(1) Page 95.

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 45. as Thelypteris pulchra

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 55. As Thelypteris pulchra

Crouch, N.R., Klopper, R.R., Burrows, J.E. & Burrows, S.M. (2011). Ferns of Southern Africa, A comprehensive guide Struik Nature Pages 678 - 679. (Includes a picture).

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 Thelypteris longicuspis

Jacobsen, W.B.G. (1983). The Ferns and Fern Allies of Southern Africa. Butterworths, Durban and Pretoria. Pages 385 - 386. (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 10.

Roux, J.P. (2001). Conspectus of Southern African Pteridophyta. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report 13 Page 115.

Roux, J.P. (2009). Synopsis of the Lycopodiophyta and Pteridophyta of Africa, Madagascar and neighbouring islands Page 209.

Schelpe, E.A.C.L.E. (1970). Pteridophyta Flora Zambesiaca Page 192. As Thelypteris longicuspis (Includes a picture).

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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: Pseudocyclosorus pulcher., retrieved 18 April 2024

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