Elaphoglossum lastii (Baker) C. Chr.

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Elaphoglossum lastii

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Mt. Gorongosa, forest Canda side

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Synonyms: Acrostichum lastii Baker
Acrostichum volkensii Hieron.
Elaphoglossum obtusum Peter
Elaphoglossum volkensii (Hieron.) C.Chr.
Common names:
Rhizome creeping, 6-8 mm in diameter; rhizome scales up to 5 mm long, appressed, reddish-brown, narrowly lanceolate. Fronds spaced apart, erect or arching, coriaceous, simple, dimorphous. Sterile frond: stipe stramineous, with scattered brown scales when young, up to 18 cm long; lamina up to 33 × 5 cm, narrowly elliptic-oblong in outline, apex rounded, base wedge-shaped, margin with a pale inrolled edge, subglabrous with minute brown scales below. Fertile frond: stipe much longer than that of the sterile frond, lamina shorter and narrower (up to 6 × 1.8 cm) than sterile lamina, sori covering the whole undersurface of the lamina.
Derivation of specific name: lastii: named after J.T. Last (1847-1933), an English plant collector.
Altitude range:
Worldwide distribution: Cameroon, DRC, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Sudan, Pemba, Tanzania, Zimbabwe.
Malawi distribution: S
Growth form(s): Epiphyte.
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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: Elaphoglossum lastii.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=102190, retrieved 13 June 2024

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