Mohria marginalis (Savigny) J.P. Roux

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Synonyms: Anemia marginalis (Sav.) Christenh.
Mohria crenata Desv.
Mohria hirsuta J.P. Roux
Mohria thurifraga Sw. var. borbonica Schltdl.
Osmunda marginale Savigny
Osmunda thurifraga Comm. ex Savigny
Common names:
Status: Native
Rhizome shortly creeping, up to 3 mm in diameter, rhizome scales whitish to pale brown, up to 3mm long, linear to narrowly lanceolate in outline with entire margins. Fronds tufted, erect, slightly dimorphic with fertile fronds a bit longer and narrower than sterile fronds. Stipe 1.5-3.6 cm long, strawcoloured, sparsely set with hairs and pale brown scales. Lamina herbaceous, 6-18 cm long, narrowly elliptic to narrowly oblong or oblanceolate in outline, pinnate to deeply 2-pinnatifid; secondary rhachises narrowly winged. Pinnae above sparsely to densely hairy, below sparsely to densely set with hairs and slender thread-like; pinnule distal margins irregularly crenate to finely incised. Rhachis densely set with whitish hairs and a few larger, lanceolate scales. Sporangia marginal, under a partially reflexed pinnule margin; exindusiate.
Notes: The other Mohria species have an upper lamina surface that is more glabrous, the hairs and scales are mostly confined to the secondary rhachises.
Derivation of specific name: marginalis: edged, probably refering to the marginal sori of this species.
Habitat: Shallow, seasonally moist pockets on sheet rock and at boulder bases in montane grassland, full sun.
Altitude range: 1400 - 1900 m
Worldwide distribution: South Africa, Zambia, Malawi, Lesotho, into central and east Africa, Reunion.
Malawi distribution:
Growth form(s): Lithophyte, terrestrial.
Endemic status:
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Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 43.

Crouch, N.R., Klopper, R.R., Burrows, J.E. & Burrows, S.M. (2011). Ferns of Southern Africa, A comprehensive guide Struik Nature Pages 198 - 199. (Includes a picture).

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 12.

Roux, J.P. (2001). Conspectus of Southern African Pteridophyta. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report 13 Page 54.

Roux, J.P. (2009). Synopsis of the Lycopodiophyta and Pteridophyta of Africa, Madagascar and neighbouring islands Page 52.

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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: Mohria marginalis., retrieved 23 April 2024

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