Adiantum comorense (Tardieu) Verdc.

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Synonyms: Adiantum rhizophorum Sw. var. comorense Tardieu
Common names:
Status: Native
Rhizome short; rhizome scales pale brown, narrowly lanceolate, very shiny, the margin with short emergences. Fronds tufted, erect or arching, 20–60 cm long, pinnate, often rooting at the tips. Stipe 8–10 cm long, nearly hairless to covered with very narrow scales. Pinnae oblong, sometimes lower pinnae obliquely produced and lanceolate at tips, becoming successively smaller above, 0.8–2.5(–4) × 0.4–1.2 cm, upper and outer margins incised, lower margins entire, glabrous or with scattered hairs; sterile pinnules acutely toothed; venation almost fan-shaped; pinna-stalklets blackish, (1–)2–4 mm long, densely hairy. Rhachis dark brown to blackish, nearly hairless to densely hairy. Sori narrowly curved-oblong or straight, 1 × 3 mm.
Notes: Can be distinguished from A. incisum which has a piloses lamina and veins that are not ending in the teeth of marginal serrations.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: Terrestrial on road banks, boulders, forest floor, always in deep shade.
Altitude range:
Worldwide distribution: Comoro Islands, Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda
Malawi distribution:
Growth form(s): Terrestrial.
Endemic status:
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Roux, J.P. (2001). Conspectus of Southern African Pteridophyta. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report 13 Page 74.

Roux, J.P. (2009). Synopsis of the Lycopodiophyta and Pteridophyta of Africa, Madagascar and neighbouring islands Page 69.

Verdcourt, B. (2002). Adiantaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 52 - 54. (Includes a picture).

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Adiantum comorense
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Adiantum comorense
Plants of the World Online: Adiantum comorense
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Wikipedia: Adiantum comorense

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: Adiantum comorense., retrieved 29 November 2023

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