164.900 Pleopeltis Humb. & Bonpl. ex Willd.

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.

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

Schelpe, E.A.C.L.E. (1970) Pteridophyta FZ

Description of the genus

Rhizome creeping, scales clathrate. Fronds spaced apart, monomorphic or sometimes dimorphic, simple to pinnatifid, entire, membranous to fleshy, articulated to the rhizome, with peltate scales on the underside of the lamina. Veins obscure, anastomosing, forming irregular areoles with included free veinlets. Sori large, round, in a single row on each side of the midrib, when young protected by peltate, flattened paraphyses.

Derivation of name: pleón: much, more, pelta: small shield; an illusion to the many peltate scales on the lamina

Worldwide: c. 50 species, mainly neotropical distribution.

Zimbabwe: 3 taxa.

Pleopeltis macrocarpa

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SpeciesLinks to mapsFZ divisionsContent
× simianum (Schelpe & N.C. Anthony) N.R.Crouch & Klopper subsp. simiana C,E,SDescription
macrocarpa (Bory ex Willd.) Kaulf.N,C,E,SDescription, Image
polypodioides (L.) E.G.Andrews & Windham subsp. ecklonii (Kunze) J.P.RouxC,E,SDescription, Image

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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Pleopeltis

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-14

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2014). Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Pleopeltis.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=49, retrieved 2 September 2014

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