Adiantum reniforme L.

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Adiantum reniforme

Photo: Neil Crouch

Adiantum reniforme

Photo: Neil Crouch

Adiantum reniforme

Photo: Neil Crouch

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Synonyms: Adiantum asarifolium Willd.
Adiantum flabellum C.Chr.
Adiantum reniforme L. var. hydrocotyloides Cordem.
Common names: Lotusleaf Maidenhair Fern (English)
Status: Native
Rhizome short; rhizome scales narrowly lanceolate, entire. Fronds tufted, subcoriaceous. Stipe 15–30 cm long. Lamina simple, kidney-shaped to round, 1.5–8(–10) cm long and wide, usually with a deep basal sinus, the lobes more or less overlapping or in some young leaves ± truncate, margins entire or slightly lobed, glabrous except for woolly hairs sometimes present near the apex of stipe or in some variants lamina at first densely woolly all over; venation fan-shaped, the nerves usually forked into two in lower 1/3 of limb. Sori numerous, closely placed or continuous along the margin.
Notes: The simple, kidney-shaped leaf separates this species from others.
Derivation of specific name: reniforme: referring to the kidney-shaped lamina.
Habitat: Lithophyte in moist, deeply shaded rock crevices.
Altitude range: 1600 - 2100 m
Worldwide distribution: Cape Verde, Comoro and Canary Islands, DRC, Kenya, Madeira, Malawi, Madagascar, Mauritius, Réunion, Tanzania, also in China.
Malawi distribution: N
Growth form(s): Lithophyte.
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Burrows, J.E. & Burrows, S.M. (1993). An annotated check-list of the pteridophytes of Malawi Kirkia 14(1) Page 87.

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 38. as Adiantum reniforme asarifolium (Includes a picture).

Roux, J.P. (2001). Conspectus of Southern African Pteridophyta. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report 13 Page 71.

Roux, J.P. (2009). Synopsis of the Lycopodiophyta and Pteridophyta of Africa, Madagascar and neighbouring islands Page 77.

Verdcourt, B. (2002). Adiantaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 50 - 52. (Includes a picture).

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

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: Adiantum reniforme., retrieved 25 April 2024

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