Elaphoglossum macropodium (Fée) T. Moore

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Elaphoglossum macropodium

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nyawamba falls, Honde Valley

Elaphoglossum macropodium

Photo: Petra Ballings
Tessa's pool, Chimanimani

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Synonyms: Acrostichum conforme Sw. var. carmichaelii Baker
Acrostichum latifolium sensu Sim
Acrostichum macropodium Fée
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Rhizome creeping, thick, up to 5 mm (without scales); rhizome scales pale brown, concolorous, narrowly lanceolate in outline, apex forming a long drawn out point, margins entire or with hair-like outgrows. Fronds simple, dimorphic, closely spaced, erect to arching, thickly coriaceous. Sterile frond: stipe stramineous to pale green, up to 24 cm long, pale to reddish brown, glabrous with a few scales at the base, articulated at the base; lamina glossy green, 17-37 × 3-8 cm, ovate-lanceolate to narrowly elliptic in outline, apex broadly pointed to rounded, margins entire, glabrous except for minute scattered scales on the underside, midrib raised, convex below. Fertile frond: stipe up to 32 cm long, matt pale brown; lamina smaller and narrower than the sterile lamina, very narrowly elliptic in outline, up to 3 × 21 cm, undersurface completely covered with sporangia.
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Derivation of specific name: makros: large, pous: foot; "with large feet", an allusion to the thick creeping rhizome.
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Worldwide distribution: Comoro Isl. (Grande Comoro), Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Réunion, Seychelles, South Africa, Tanzania, Zimbabwe.
Malawi distribution: S
Growth form(s): Epiphyte, lithophyte.
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Literature:

Burrows, J.E. (1990). Southern African Ferns and Fern Allies. Frandsen, Sandton. Pages 282 - 283. (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E. & Burrows, S.M. (1993). An annotated check-list of the pteridophytes of Malawi Kirkia 14(1) Page 97.

Crouch, N.R., Klopper, R.R., Burrows, J.E. & Burrows, S.M. (2011). Ferns of Southern Africa, A comprehensive guide Struik Nature Pages 500 - 501. (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 11.

Jacobsen, W.B.G. (1983). The Ferns and Fern Allies of Southern Africa. Butterworths, Durban and Pretoria. Pages 419 - 420. (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 7.

Roux, J.P. (2001). Conspectus of Southern African Pteridophyta. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report 13 Page 149.

Roux, J.P. (2009). Synopsis of the Lycopodiophyta and Pteridophyta of Africa, Madagascar and neighbouring islands Page 130.

Schelpe, E.A.C.L.E. (1970). Pteridophyta Flora Zambesiaca Page 211.

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, 2014-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Malawi: Species information: Elaphoglossum macropodium.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=102200, retrieved 15 September 2019

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