Dryopteris antarctica (Baker) C. Chr.

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Synonyms: Dryopteris callolepis C.Chr.
Common names:
Rhizome creeping, c. 1 cm in diameter; rhizome scales pale brown, up to 1.7 mm long, lanceolate in outline, margin subentire. Fronds tufted, arching, herbaceous. Stipe up to 30 cm long, straw-coloured, darker near the base, with scales similar to rhizome but often with a dark brown centre. Lamina up to 65 × 35 cm, 3-pinnatifid to 3-pinnate, lanceolate in outline. Pinnae narrowly oblong, basal pinnae unequally triangular with the basiscopic pinnules much larger. Ultimate lobes oblong, glabrous on both surfaces, margins deeply serrate-aristate. Rhachis straw-coloured, set with a few pale brown scales. Sori, round, small, 1-4 per lobe; indusium brown, erose, subcircular to kidney-shaped.
Derivation of specific name: antarticus: of the South Pole region, beyond 45° S; type specimen was collected on the Island of St. Paul.
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Worldwide distribution: DRC, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Rwanda, South Africa, St. Paul, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe.
Malawi distribution: S
Growth form(s): Lithophyte, terrestrial.
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Burrows, J.E. (1990). Southern African Ferns and Fern Allies. Frandsen, Sandton. Page 304. (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E. & Burrows, S.M. (1993). An annotated check-list of the pteridophytes of Malawi Kirkia 14(1) Page 98.

Crouch, N.R., Klopper, R.R., Burrows, J.E. & Burrows, S.M. (2011). Ferns of Southern Africa, A comprehensive guide Struik Nature Pages 480 - 481. (Includes a picture).

Jacobsen, W.B.G. (1983). The Ferns and Fern Allies of Southern Africa. Butterworths, Durban and Pretoria. Pages 439 - 440. As Dryopteris callolepis (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 6.

Roux, J.P. (2001). Conspectus of Southern African Pteridophyta. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report 13 Page 127.

Roux, J.P. (2009). Synopsis of the Lycopodiophyta and Pteridophyta of Africa, Madagascar and neighbouring islands Page 120.

Schelpe, E.A.C.L.E. (1970). Pteridophyta Flora Zambesiaca Page 223. As Dryopteris callolepis

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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: Dryopteris antarctica.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=101820, retrieved 16 April 2024

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