144.300 Vittaria Sm. - Shoelace fern

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

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

Epiphytes or lithophytes. Rhizomes creeping, bearing clathrate scales. Fronds monomorphic, stipe poorly defined. Lamina simple, narrowly linear to narrowly elliptic, glabrous or sparsely set with short hairs, often pendent. Sori without an indusium, in two marginal, submarginal or intramarginal grooves. Paraphyses present.

Derivation of name: vitta: ribbon, referring to the narrowly linear, stringlike fronds.

Worldwide: c. 30 species, in tropical and warm regions.

Zimbabwe: 5 taxa.

Vittaria volkensii

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
elongata Sw.[EN]EDescription, Image
ensiformis Sw.[EN]EDescription, Image
guineensis Desv. var. orientalis Hieron.EDescription, Image
isoetifolia BoryEDescription, Image
volkensii Hieron.EDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Vittaria:

Our websites:

Flora of Malawi: Vittaria
Flora of Mozambique: Vittaria
Flora of Zambia: Vittaria

External websites:

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

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: Vittaria.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=34, retrieved 30 August 2016

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