Polystichum sinense (H.Christ) H.Christ

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Synonyms: Polystichum setiferum (Forsk.) Moore ex Woynar var. fuscopaleaceum (Alston) Schelpe
Polystichum wilsonii H.Christ
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Rhizome erect to suberect, up to 10 mm in diameter; rhizome scales up to 8 mm long, margin finely toothed, reddish brown, linear, tapering to a point. Fronds tufted. Stipe up to 25 cm long, pale brown, densely set with pale brown ovate scales, 5-15 mm long, standing out almost at right angles, interspersed with smaller, pale hair-like scales. Lamina lanceolate-linear in outline, 2-pinnate, with basal 2 or 3 pairs of pinnae slightly reduced, up to 52 × 15 cm. Pinnule margins aristate with aristae ± 1 mm long, basal basiscopic aristae folded in over the upper surface of the lamina; upper surface subglabrous, lower surface set with pale brown, twisted hair-like scales. Rhachis as for stipe, scales smaller and narrower. Sori round, c.1 mm in diameter; indusia pale brown, membranous, erose.
Derivation of specific name: sinense: from China, the type specimen was collected in China.
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Worldwide distribution: Central, Tropical and South Africa, Grande Comore, Réunion, Asia, Japan, Taiwan. Also in Zimbabwe?
Malawi distribution: S
Growth form(s): Lithophyte, terrestrial.
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Crouch, N.R., Klopper, R.R., Burrows, J.E. & Burrows, S.M. (2011). Ferns of Southern Africa, A comprehensive guide Struik Nature Pages 464 - 465. (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 25. As Polystichum setiferum

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. As Polystichum wilsonii

Roux, J.P. (2001). Conspectus of Southern African Pteridophyta. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report 13 Page 130. As Polystichum wilsonii (Includes a picture).

Roux, J.P. (2009). Synopsis of the Lycopodiophyta and Pteridophyta of Africa, Madagascar and neighbouring islands Pages 138 - 139.

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Flora of Zimbabwe: Polystichum sinense

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Polystichum sinense
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Polystichum sinense
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Polystichum sinense
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Polystichum sinense
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Polystichum sinense
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Polystichum sinense
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Polystichum sinense
JSTOR Plant Science: Polystichum sinense
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Polystichum sinense
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Polystichum sinense
Plants of the World Online: Polystichum sinense
Tropicos: Polystichum sinense
Wikipedia: Polystichum sinense

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Malawi: Species information: Polystichum sinense.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=101930, retrieved 29 March 2023

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