133.100 Actiniopteris Link

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

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

Kornas, J. (1979) Distribution and ecology of the Pteridophytes in Zambia Polska Akademia Nauk Wydzial II Nauk Biologicznych

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

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

Description of the genus

Plants small, terrestrial or lithophytic. Rhizome creeping, rhizome scales linear, attenuate concolorous or variegated. Fronds tufted, flabellate, dichotomously divided into linear segments, sometimes dimorphic with fertile and sterile fronds, these strongly or weakly differentiated; fertile fronds usually larger than the sterile. Sori in a submarginal line, covered by a modified marginal indusium. Indusium continuous, entire.

Derivation of name: aktinos: ray, pteris: fern; referring to the radial or fan-shaped lamina.

Comment: Sometimes placed in the family of the Actiniopteridaceae.

Worldwide: 5 species, predominantly African, but 2 extended to India and Sri Lanka

Zimbabwe: 3 taxa.

Actiniopteris radiata

Links to taxa:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this genus

SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
dimorpha Pic.Serm. subsp. dimorpha N,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
pauciloba Pic.Serm.NDescription
radiata (J. Konig ex Sw.) LinkN,W,E,SDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Actiniopteris:

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Flora of Botswana: Actiniopteris
Flora of Malawi: Actiniopteris
Flora of Mozambique: Actiniopteris
Flora of Zambia: Actiniopteris

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Actiniopteris
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Actiniopteris
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Actiniopteris
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Actiniopteris
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Actiniopteris

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Actiniopteris.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=26, retrieved 26 October 2016

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