Elaphoglossum mildbraedii Hieron.

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Status: Native
Rhizome shortly creeping, c.4 mm in diameter; rhizome scales up to 5 mm long, castaneous, narrowly lanceolate, margin minutely toothed on the upper half. Fronds simple, clustered, arching, membranous, dimorphic with the fertile fronds much shorter then the fertile fronds. Stipe up to 23 cm long, greyish-green to pale-brown, set at first with narrowly lanceolate subentire squarrose ferrugineous inrolled scales up to 2mm long, becoming subglabrous with age. Sterile lamina narrowly elliptic to narrowly oblong in outline, apex pointed, base wedge-shaped hardly decresent, 12-15 × 2.5 cm, set on both surfaces with scattered rusty coloured scales up to 2.5 mm and sometimes with scattered minute white hairs between the scales. Fertile lamina up to 5 × 2.2 cm elliptic-oblong to ovate triangular with hairs on the ventral surface similar to those on the sterile lamina.
Notes: Species can be distinguished by its thin elliptic blade, having rusty orange scales on stipe and blade, fertile fronds that are much shorter than the sterile ones.
Derivation of specific name: mildbraedii: after Gottfried Wilhelm Johannes Mildbraed (1879-1954), German explorer, botanist and plant collector, specializing in bryophytes and pteridophytes. He was Keeper at the Berlin Botanical Museum from 1913.
Habitat: Moist evergreen forest.
Altitude range: 2010 m (approx)
Worldwide distribution: Burundi, Congo, Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania
Malawi distribution: S
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 97.

Roux, J.P. (2001). Conspectus of Southern African Pteridophyta. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report 13 Page 152.

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 214.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Elaphoglossum mildbraedii
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Elaphoglossum mildbraedii
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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 mildbraedii .
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=215040, retrieved 22 February 2024

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